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France outlaws work emails after 6 p.m.

April 10, 2014 4:45pm
Here's another reason to ask, "Don't you wish we were like the French?"

A new labor agreement there now outlaws work-related emails after 6 p.m., according to a report on UK's The Guardian.

The report said the new legally binding deal signed by employers' federations and unions may affect a million employees in the technology and consultancy sectors.

It said this could include the French branches of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC.

"(E)mployees will also have to resist the temptation to look at work-related material on their computers or smartphones—or any other kind of malevolent intrusion into the time they have been nationally mandated to spend on whatever the French call la dolce vita. And companies must ensure that their employees come under no pressure to do so," the report said.

While France has been observing a 35-hour work week since 1999, the spirit of the law could be "violated" via emails delivered via smartphones at any time of the day.

A separate report on Australia's The New Daily said French law bars working between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., "unless the work is of social or economic importance." — Joel Locsin/VC, GMA News
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