Working-life out-of-balance? Legal responses in the EUand Norway to parenthood and caregiving in times of crisis

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In view of the current societal challenges related to digitization and demographic change, this article analyses, the European Union’s Work-life Balance Directive 2019/1158. The key focus rests on parental and carer’s leave and what legal protection this essential factor is granted. As Norway is not an EU member and was a global forerunner in introducing the right to paternity* leave and includes extensive protection against discrimination, the article discusses the WLB-Directive against Norwegian legislation.