The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) welcomes today's European Parliament recommendations on equal pay for male and female workers for equal work or work of equal value. ESBA specifically welcomes the Bauer report's call to limit mandatory audit requirements for the smallest companies. ESBA stresses the necessity to take into account the specific characteristics of the different categories within the SME spectrum and to avoid administrative burden where possible.
However, ESBA urges the Commission not to consider any recommendations, falling outside of the scope of the issue of equal pay. The debate on equal pay should not shift its focus to the balance between work/personal life or the discussion on parental leave, both complex and sensitive issues which should be addressed separately.