French Law makes It illegal to contact employees after work hours

If you have a job where you’re often contacted at home, this law might just make you want to move to France.

For those who are able to turn the lights off at the office, clock out or walk out the door with no work-related worries until the next day, you’re the lucky ones. For so many others, leaving the office doesn’t lift the weight off their shoulders. It might happen during the car ride home, the second they sit down on the couch after a long day, during date night or a fun family outing.

The dreaded message of a work-related text message or e-mail that can’t go unanswered. For those who are constantly “at work,” that feeling of dread in the pit of the stomach is known all too well.

Workers in France have 30 days off each year, along with 16 paid weeks of family leave. On top of that, it was reported that a new “right to disconnect” has been nominated since last year . This law will mandate that every company with 50 employees or more cannot email an employee after regular work hours. This amendment results from studies that show people are having an increasingly hard time trying to distance themselves from their workplace.

Studies reveal there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of
electronic leash.

Companies are required to establish times in which the employees are to be free from being contacted.