New French Law Makes It Illegal To Email Employees After Work
This new French law makes it illegal to email employees after work. We all now how frustrating work emails can be, especially during the weekend or when your vacationing anywhere in the world (even if it’s on your couch!).
France, with its latest reforms, is starting to become one of the most pro-citizen countries in the world. Not only do they have 30 days off a year, a 166 week full-paid family leave, but they are also making supermarkets donate all the food that hasn’t been sold and they are making green rooftops mandatory wherever possible.
If this doesn’t blow you away, nothing will. How about adding the fact that it will be illegal for your employer to harass you with email after work hours? That does sound good, doesn’t it? With this new ‘right to disconnect’ law, France is paving the way to the future.
If a company has 50 employees or more, you are officially not allowed to e-mail them after work hours anymore! This amendment to the work laws has been introduced based on a series of studies that show how difficult it has become for people to distance themselves from work in the digital age.
“All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant,” said Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly. “Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.” he added.
The law also stipulates that companies have to establish “charters of good conduct” where they have to specify the exact work hours where employees can be emailed. This will make employees to easily disconnect from their work and workplace, without all the psychological stress.
So France, are you hiring?