Registration deadline: 25 November

Parents@Work presents

TACKLING PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD RELATED DISCRIMINATION IN THE LABOUR MARKET

4 December 2020, 09:00 16:00 CET

Webinar (free)

 

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This webinar invites European labour inspectors and Equality Bodies to discuss and exchange different investigation tools and techniques to combat discrimination in the labour market based on employees’ right to work-life balance.

 

 

Participants of this webinar will:

  • Discuss investigation tools to better detect discriminatory practices in the labour market.

  • Exchange experiences and good practices in tackling cases of discrimination based on employees’ right to work-life balance.

  • Reflect on how to improve cooperation between Equality Bodies and labour inspectors.

  • Discuss case studies.
     

Participants

 

Equality Bodies’ staff members and labour inspectors dealing with pregnancy, maternity, paternity and parental discrimination, dismissal protection and carer’s leaves in the context of work-life balance.

Content

Both European directives and national legislations have set a clear legal framework for discrimination on the ground of gender. Nevertheless, unfair treatment and discriminatory dismissal of pregnant and parent workers, and care takers is still a prevalent reality in many European countries. A major challenge in fighting this kind of discrimination stems from the fact that proving discrimination remains hard; there is commonly a lack of clear and undeniable evidence. Equality Bodies and labour inspectors are both facing these challenges.

 

In order to build a successful case and mitigate the key problem of the issue of proof, and, more generally, to ensure the application of the principle of equal treatment, it is crucial that Equality Bodies and labour inspectors have effective and adequate tools.

 

During this webinar, European labour inspectors and Equality Bodies get the opportunity to discuss different tools and techniques to tackle cases of discrimination related to pregnancy, parenthood, and care-taking. They will be able to exchange their experiences with colleagues of other European countries. Labour inspectors and Equality Bodies do not always have the same powers, but they are facing similar challenges in tackling discrimination cases. The answer to some of these challenges may be to combine their forces and expertise, and to foster a mutual collaboration.

Language of the webinar

 

English

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09:00-09:15  Connecting to the platform


 

OPENING SESSION

Chair: Barbara Ortiz Institute for the equality of women and men (BE)

09:15-09:30    Opening addresses
Karen Vandekerckhove Head of the Gender Equality Unit, European Commission 

Liesbet Stevens Deputy Director, Institute for the equality of women and men (BE)

09:30-10:00    Keynote on Work-Life Balance and Pregnancy Discrimination: issues around enforcement
Dr. Annick Masselot Professor of Law, University of Canterbury (NZ)

10:00-10:15    Parents@Work project: sharing conclusions
Sylvie Janssens Project coordinator, Institute for the equality of women and men (BE)

10:15-10:30    Coffee break


 

EXPLORING INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES: SITUATION TESTING

Chair: Tamás Kádár – Equinet

10:30-11:30    Experiences across Europe:

  • Sophie Latraverse – Défenseur des Droits (FR)

  • Didier Henrard – Inspectorate of Social Laws (BE)

  • Relja Pantić - Commissioner for Protection of Equality (RS)

11:30-12:00    Q&A

12:00-13:00    Lunch

EFFICIENT INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES: CASE STUDIES

Chair: Viktor Ribarski – Commission for Protection against Discrimination (BG)

13:00-13:15   Introduction to the workshops
 

13:15-14:45   Parallel workshops:

Workshop 1: Indirect discrimination and thematic leaves
Liisa Pakosta – Head of the Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner (EE)

Workshop 2: Return to work after thematic leaves
Phedra Neel & Barbara Ortiz – Experts, Institute for the equality of women and men (BE)

14:45-15:00    Coffee break

15:00-15:45    Reporting back & discussion
Liisa Pakosta – Head of the Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner (EE)

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CONCLUDING SESSION

15:45-16:00    Conclusion
Anne Gaspard – Executive Director, Equinet

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This webinar is part of the Parents@Work project.

The Parents@Work project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship  Programme of the European Union (2014-2020).

Project goals

The project aims to improve the protection of and combat discrimination against pregnant workers, mothers, and fathers in the workplace.

 

Project partners

Project duration

1 September 201931 August 2021

 
 

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CONTACT

For any additional questions contact:

sylvie.janssens@igvm.belgie.be

This project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship  Programme of the European Union (2014-2020).

 

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