Do employees want the right to disconnect?

On both sides of the Atlantic, there are growing calls to give employees the right to ignore out-of-hours work calls and emails. In France, organisations with more than 50 workers are obliged to negotiate on employees’ rights to ignore their smartphones and other devices outside working hours.

And New York City Council is considering a law that would ban private companies with more than 10 employees from requiring workers to respond to communications such as emails and texts out of hours. Employers would still be able to send them, but they wouldn’t be able to discipline workers for ignoring them.

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