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Parental Rights in Kosovo: Legal analysis regarding the proposed amendments to maternity and parental leave

Women remain alarmingly underrepresented in the labour force of Kosovo. Although the legal framework has sought to ensure the equal treatment of women and men in the labour market, the complexity and ambiguity of the legislation, coupled with poor implementation, continues to hinder equal access and participation. Reform in this area has proven to be a difficult task, and further reform is certainly needed to align Kosovo’s framework with European and international standards.

The focus of this article is on the changes being introduced to the legal framework concerning maternity, paternity and parental leave, as well as the rights which stem from taking such leave. In acknowledgement of the current efforts towards reform, this commentary provides a comparative legal analysis of the current system and the proposed laws by reference to the relevant requirements of the EU acquis.