Finding the right balance between the work place and our private lives is not always a simple endeavour. Indeed, with the constant innovations in digital solutions, it has become even more difficult to strike a balance between when our working day begins and ends. Today many would certainly relate to the reality of replying to work emails after office hours, and this has continued to raise questions on how one can achieve a proper work-life balance. 

As part of the objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission is currently working on addressing the issue of work-life balance, particularly as it relates to parents and carers. This initiative takes into account the developments in society over the past decade in order to enable parents and people with caring responsibilities to better balance their work and family lives and to encourage a better sharing of caring responsibilities between women and men. 

This initiative also looks to support Member States by ensuring adequate protection against discrimination and dismissal for parents and carers, promoting gender balance, and improving the use of EU funds to improve long-term childcare services. 

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