New French Law Makes it Illegal to Force Workers to Reply Emails On Weekends

Gone are the days of working a 9-5 job.

Our generation constantly works overtime to prove their worth and continues to stay in work mode even at home. From replying to emails at the gym to taking conference calls while walking your dog, our generation has no idea how to disconnect.

So it seems like we could all learn a thing or two from France, which has just passed a law that makes it illegal for companies to send emails to employees outside of regular work hours.

The new amendment allows citizens “the right to disconnect” and is part of the recently-enacted El Khomri law that contains multiple reforms to labour laws in France. It applies to companies of 50 or more employees.

rench workers will no longer be required to reply to weekend emails, reply-alls, and emails sent over holidays, which is something all stressed out workers who’re constantly attached to their smartphones will envy.

“The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers,” states Article 25 of the bill. “Among them, the burden of work and the informational overburden, the blurring of the borders between private life and professional life, are risks associated with the usage of digital technology.”

Not only is hyper-connectedness detrimental to your health in a myriad of ways, but it can also have other negative side effects like phantom vibration syndrome.

We’ll take some of that El Khomri law with our Champagne, please.