January 01, 2017

"A new French law establishing workers’ 'right to disconnect' goes into effect today."

Fortune: The law requires companies with more than 50 employees to establish hours when staff should not send or answer emails. by David Z. Morris

'The goals of the law include making sure employees are fairly paid for work, and preventing burnout by protecting private time.

'French legislator Benoit Hamon, speaking to the BBC, described the law as an answer to the travails of employees who “leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash —like a dog.”

'While the measure may seem like a boon to workers, it was reportedly the most broadly supported measure of a comprehensive labor package passed in May. The package as a whole was primarily oriented to liberalizing France’s job market, including by making it easier to fire workers, and sparked widespread protests.'

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