A new labor agreement in France prohibits employees in the country from checking work-related e-mails when they are already out of their office or at home, and employers cannot pressure them to check or respond to their e-mails.
The new regulation is designed to ensure that its current 35-hour work week will not extend to 40 hours because employees are compelled to check their work-related e-mails on their personal computers at home or on mobile devices.
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The labor agreement does not cover all workers in France because it was only signed by labor unions including Syntec, CFDT and CGC that represent one million employees, but it will only affect 250,000 employees, particularly those working in the technology and consultancy companies such as the French subsidiaries of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
France’s move ensures minimum rest period
The leaders of the labor unions