French workers are no longer obliged to respond out-of-hours to work emails

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The measure was introduced by labor minister Myriam El Khomri, who commissioned a report submitted in September 2015 which warned about the health impact of “info-obesity” which afflicts many workplaces. If a deal cannot be reached, the company must publish a charter that would make explicit the demands on, and rights of employees out-of-hours. This is part of a much larger and controversial reform of French labor law but there are no sanctions for companies which fail to define it. Even destroying emails automatically that are sent to employees while they are on holiday is allowed. About 60% of workers were in favour of regulation to clarify their rights. They want to exist limits between work and home and to be able to say ‘actually I am not working now’.

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