• January 22, 2022

It’s Now ILLEGAL To Do THIS On EMAIL, … In France!

Imagine such regulation, you can’t check your work email on the weekend. And because they only have the interesest of your relationships at heart, they enacted this law….

Companies with 50 or more employees are no longer allowed to email their employees on the weekends

They already have the best cheese and the Eiffel Tower, and now they have the “right to disconnect” on weekends. France, we’re jealous.

A law was just passed making it illegal for companies with more than 50 employees to send work emails on the weekend. Or on holidays. That’s glorious. It’s being called the “right to disconnect” amendment, and it’s goal is to minimize the negative effects of being constantly plugged in.

“All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant,” Socialist MP Benoit Hamon told the BBC. “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 colonise the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”

“You’re at home but you’re not at home, and that poses a real threat to relationships,”Linh Le, a partner at Elia management consultants in Paris told the BBC.  She describes the burnout employees feel from not being able to disconnect as “physical, psychological and emotional distress caused by a total inability to rest.” This provision of the law requires companies to have “charters of conduct” that specifically list hours that employees should not send or receive work emails.

The Huffington Post reports that there is currently “no penalty for violating the law and companies are expected to voluntarily adhere to it.”

For all the talk about “screen addiction” it’s about time we realize the inability to unplug isn’t always our choice. This type of labor provision will become increasingly necessary in our new normal of constant connectedness.

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