France bans sending work emails during employee off hours

New labor reform bill makes it illegal to send emails on weekends


FRANCE – If you're tired of work infringing on your off hours, you may want to consider a move to France.

A new French labor reform bill has now made it illegal for companies with 50 or more employees from sending work emails during off hours.

The bill declares that it gives citizens "the right to disconnect."

The Huffington Post says the move came after the French government determined that 1 in 10 of the country's work force was suffering from burnout.

According to the new El Khomri law, work emails can no longer be sent on the weekends and holidays, and there can be no reply-all emails after 11 p.m. on weekdays.

As far as a work email ban ever making it to the United States, a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey claimed that employees believe that checking in with the office electronically during off hours has become "routine."