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New French legislation secures right not to check emails out of work

by Futures Centre, Feb 3
1 minute read

The French government has passed legislation that aims to the promote work-life balance of employees by securing them the right to not check their emails out of work. Entering into force on 1st January 2017, the ‘droit à la déconnexion’ (the right to disconnect) aims to tackle the ‘compulsive checking of emails outside of work’ and deal with increasingly widespread unpaid overtime. The new employment law obligates firms with over 50 workers to work with their staff to agree on clear outlines for when it’s acceptable to be offline outside the workplace and set up clear boundaries for smartphone use.


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