French have the right to ignore emails outside of working hours

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New measure is part of a series of new labor laws passed in May by the French government. French workers have earned the right to disconnect, meaning they now have the right to ignore emails and mobile messages linked to work at work hours. 

On January 1, a new law came into effect requiring companies with more than 50 employees to draw up a letter of good conduct that establishes the off-hours when employees should not send or respond to professional mail. 

The new measure is part of a series of new labor laws passed in May by the French government. 

Proponents of the new law say that employees are not getting fair pay for overtime worked when employers expect workers to be available to respond to requests via email or mobile.

Experts argue that the practice increases the risk of Burnout Syndrome (physical and mental exhaustion), sleep problems and difficulties in relationships. 

In creating an intervention by law, the French government says that staying connected is a serious, universal and growing problem. However, many doubt that the restriction will work because the new law does not provide for sanctions on companies that violate the limits.

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