Sunday, January 1, 2017
Right to Disconnect Law Enacted in France
As of January 1, French workers have the right to ignore work-related communications outside of typical working hours, courtesy of a provision in a new employment law designed to combat the intrusion of work into private life. The so-called “right to disconnect” law addresses the health and social impacts of an always-on work culture increasingly leading to “info-obesity” in the workforce. Companies with 50 or more employees will be obliged to negotiate over off-hour communications and at the very least, publish a policy making explicit the demands on, and rights of, employees outside of working hours. While there are no penalties for companies failing to observe the law, this could change should compliance lag. Companies that had previously implemented measures to limit the role of out-of-hours messaging in worker burnout include telecom firm Orange, nuclear power company Areva and insurer Axa in France, and automakers Volkswagen and Daimler in Germany.