The options available to employees to improve their work-life balance have gradually increased over the last few years, with the introduction of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working. The EU consultation; however, highlights that whilst women are increasingly well-qualified, and outperform men in terms of educational achievement, they continue to be under-represented in the labour market. The EU consultation will look at the main challenges of work-life balance for parents and people with caring responsibilities and invites the public to provide feedback on possible EU policy responses, which could include further legislation or financial support. The consultation closes on 17 February 2015.