French workers to say “Non” to emails

The French government is shortly expected to give employees the right to ignore work emails out of hours.

What are known as ‘right to disconnect’ laws are designed to prevent staff from burnout.

These laws will mean workers get the right to ignore emails (and phone calls) from customers or their boss outside their official hours.

This news follows on from a story in 2014 about German car maker, Daimler.

Its staff have an ‘out of office’ message telling you that your email has been deleted without being read and you can either contact a colleague or wait until the person is back to try again.

Whether the UK would want laws similar to this new French legislation is debatable.

After all, we have the right to insist on a maximum 48 hour working week in the UK, though not many people do.

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