Lawmakers in Europe are asking for an executive action that would give workers the “right to disconnect” when they are off the clock. This means that even if you work from home, clear boundaries would be set about when you work and when you do not.
“The political push is there because the visibility of overwork and this blurring between working time and private time has continued to be blurred during the pandemic because of the increase in the number of teleworkers, smart working, flexi-working so something needs to be done,” Maltese lawmaker Agius Saliba told CNBC.
A disconnect rule already exists in France and Ireland. It does not mean that your boss can’t email you off hours but it does mean that you don’t have to respond. This works well with small businesses but could be tricky with companies across continents and time zones. Saliba said that EU rules would be flexible to accommodate problems like that.