France - Right to disconnect from work - January 31, 2017

From 1 January 2017, workers have a ‘right to disconnect’ from checking professional email out of working hours, as France seeks to establish agreements that afford work flexibility but avoid burnout, sleeping and relationship problems, denounced by many employees. Companies will be required to guarantee their employees a right to switch off from work and technology as the country seeks to tackle the modern-day scourge of compulsive out-of-hours email checking. A new law obliges organisations with more than 50 workers to start negotiations to define the rights of employees to ignore their work digital devices.

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