Poll: Should staff have the legal right to switch off from work emails?

The government is looking at whether a right to disconnect from work emails would function in Ireland.

By Philip Connolly Editor, Fora

AS TECHNOLOGY HAS led to the line between work and private life becoming ever more blurry, managing the balance between home and the office seems to be getting tougher. 

So much so that the State is considering the introduction of legislation which would ensure workers have a right to switch off and not feel obliged to check work emails outside of office hours.

A similar law was introduced in France in 2017, which meant companies with more than 50 staff had to develop a charter defining employees’ right to disconnect. 

Could the move help us step away from work, or just condense workloads into a shorter time period and add stress? 

With this is mind, this week we are asking Fora readers: Should staff have the legal right to switch off from work emails?

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