France Bans Work Emails After 6pm
Move affects 1M workers in the tech industry
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2014 4:05 PM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2014 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – France already has a 35-hour work week, and a new rule is designed to make sure that it doesn't start shading toward 40 hours because of work-related email. The Guardian reports that the rule forbids workers from checking their phones or computers for work stuff after 6pm, and it forbids employers from pressuring them to do so. The move apparently doesn't affect all workers in France, but it does cover about 1 million workers in the tech industry—including French employees of Google and Facebook.

At Fox Business, a US labor expert finds it hard to believe the IT industry can manage such a draconian shut-off time. "There’s always something going wrong off the clock—when a computer goes down, it doesn’t go down between 8am and 5pm." A post at Fast Company agrees that it might be tough to enforce, but adds that "it's a nice perk to have in any case." Elsewhere, Germany already has a similar rule in place, while Sweden is experimenting with a 30-hour work week.

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Apr 21, 2014 5:29 AM CDT
Reality Based is right. Calling the reasonable setting of boundaries on homework the employer is not willing to pay for is nowhere near "Draconian." Draconian better describes how corporations rig the job market to keep people out of work so that they can wage such psychological warfare against them as "There are 47%," etc. and making it impossible to find another job as you everything you have and become a street person.
Apr 14, 2014 10:13 AM CDT
Apparently this story is a hoax and the Guardian got it all wrong.
Apr 13, 2014 4:42 PM CDT
So the Europe enjoys the life and families without worrying about losing a job and in the meantime corporate greed is killing us right here in the richest country in the world. "I am proud to be American".