Tired of responding to your boss' emails after dinner?
Maybe it's time to move to France.
It already has a wonderful-sounding 35-hour workweek in place for many of its workers, and now France is introducing a new labour agreement that will affect up to 250,000 workers in the technology and consultancy sectors: Employers will limit after-hours emails to employees, and cannot pressure them to work from home after their workday ends.
The Guardian originally reported that workers were forbidden from checking their work emails after 6 p.m., something Fast Company and Buzzfeed quickly fact-checked and debunked. A law isn't in place, just an agreement. And workers in the technology sector typically have much longer workweeks than the rest of their French peers, working up to 78 hours a week, so clocking out at 6 p.m. is rare.
The new agreement simply limits after-hours work intrusion and lets employees step away from their work email "for at least 11 hours a day."
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