Don’t you hate receiving emails from the boss after working hours? Well, you can now ignore these emails without any consequences – if you live in France, that is.
According to Article 25 of France’s new labour law, the El Khomri Law, employees now have the right to turn a blind eye to their work emails over the weekend.
Local authorities are calling it “the right to disconnect” as it encourages employees to separate their working life from their private life.
If you work in a France-based company with 50 employees or more, your boss will be forbidden from sending work-related emails to you outside of typical hours. So you can now say “Au Revoir” to your boss’ ‘URGENT’ emails sent after office hours, weekends, or on public holidays.
The new amendment was proposed because studies have shown that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to distance themselves from their working life, as communication technologies have immersed into daily life.
“Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work,” Benoit Hamon, of the French National Assembly, told BBC News.
“They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash — like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonise the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”
There are no penalties to enforce the new law yet, although employers have been required to set a “charters of good conduct” to disconnect employees from the company outside typical hours.