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France Brings In 'Right To Disconnect' Law
Workers now have the right to unplug when they are not in the office (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 257)
Jan 4, 2017 Style & Living
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From January 1st, France has put in place a new workplace law that gives workers the right to disconnect from their jobs after they leave the office at night or on the weekends. The law says that any company with 50 or more employees must make sure that work emails do not affect a workers right to have uninterrupted days off, evenings and weekends. These companies must negotiate with employees to agree on their rights to switch off and also look for ways to cut down the ways that after-work communication impacts their private lives.

Myriam El Khomri, who is France's minister of labour, commented that "the boundary between professional and personal life has become tenuous." Always-on electronic devices have been shown to cause, amongst other things, burnout, sleeplessness and relationship problems. Wanting to appear loyal and hard-working, many employees feel pressured to stay in touch, 24/7. One newspaper commented that the law was needed because "employees are often judged on their commitment to their companies and their availability."

There is wide worker support for the moves, with surveys showing 60% of workers liked the idea of a charter to make clear their rights to disconnect. Some companies have already put in place moves to cut email connections in the evening and on weekends. Others have even taken the path of automatically deleting emails that are sent out during holiday periods. One recent study, however, showed that at present around 30% of French workers perform after-hours work for their companies using connected devices.

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