European Court of Justice

European Court of Justice challenges “subsidiary” role of men to women in the exercise of parental duties

Guest blog by Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella, School of Law, University of Leicester. In 2015 the European Court of Justice considered the case of a male civil servant wanting to take parental leave even though his wife did not work. (C-222/14 Maistrellis [2015]). The judgement challenged the traditional distribution of caring roles and the subsidiary[…]

Sharing care

What are the costs of not sharing care as demand outstrips supply more and more?

We are currently in a hole with extraordinarily low levels of sharing of work leave entitlements between women and men compared to other countries – we hover around 2-4% uptake of parental leave by fathers compared with 32% in Germany, 69% in Portugal and 88% in Sweden. In every country where improved leave entitlement policies[…]


The tide of opinion turns against extending parental leave to grandparents

It seems that opinion is swinging against the idea of extending parental leave to grandparents, an idea advanced by the left-leaning think-tank, IPPR, and now adopted by the Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne. Heather Grieg-Smith, in an article for, Shared parental leave – changing the goal posts, interviews some experts on leave and finds few[…]