Social Repercussions of an Opt-Out From the Provisions of the Working Time Directive

01-04-2005

The main objective of the present study is to prepare background material and advise Members of the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on a number of social issues related to the European Commission proposed revision of the Working Time Directive concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time. The study provides information based on existing research and available statistical data on the consequences of long working hours on family life and it also analyses the effectiveness of the proposed reform in achieving reconciliation of work and family life and analyses the compatibility of the changes in the directive with equal opportunities policy.

The main objective of the present study is to prepare background material and advise Members of the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on a number of social issues related to the European Commission proposed revision of the Working Time Directive concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time. The study provides information based on existing research and available statistical data on the consequences of long working hours on family life and it also analyses the effectiveness of the proposed reform in achieving reconciliation of work and family life and analyses the compatibility of the changes in the directive with equal opportunities policy.

Externe Autor

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heimer, Prof. Dr. Luise Kämpf, Dr. Matthias Ralf Werner