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Can a ‘Right to Disconnect’ code of practice work for employers and employees?

The right to disconnect effectively gives employees the ability to switch off from work and not engage in electronic communications, such as emails, during non-work hours. Governments around the world have been looking at enacting laws to give workers the right to log off. The principle has come into sharp focus following the coronavirus pandemic and Ireland’s implementation of its Code of Practice for employers and employees on the right to disconnect, brought into effect in April this year. The UK Government is now being lobbied by the Prospect Trade Union and others to implement the right to disconnect.

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