Do you know about the ‘Right to Disconnect’? Must read for Internet users

The right to disconnect is a proposed human right regarding the ability of people to not respond to work e-mail or messages during non-work hours.

The government of France passed the El Khomri law to reform working conditions for French people. The law included a chapter titled “The Adaptation of Work Rights to the Digital Era,” Article 25 of which establishes the le droit de la déconnexion, or the right to disconnect.

Right to Disconnect

A new French law aiming to reform working conditions reportedly contains a provision that would ban company-related emails to workers after 6 p.m.

The New Yorker reports a chapter in the law, “The Adaptation of Work Rights to the Digital Era,” essentially establishes “the right to disconnect.”

“The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers,” the provision states, the New Yorker reports.

“Among them, the burden of work and the informational overburden, the blurring of the borders between private life and professional life, are risks associated with the usage of digital technology.”

“The right to disconnect is effectively the right to be forgotten between the hours of six and nine,” the New Yorker reports.

The move covers about 1 million workers in the tech industry — including French employees of Google and Facebook, USA Today has reported. 

The magazine reports the provision mirrors moves at Volkswagen, which turns off its digital servers after hours, and Daimler, which lets employees automatically delete emails they get while on vacation.

In India, it would be extremely difficult to determine if such a rule would be properly implemented even if it is passed. Managers would find some way to connect to their employees if they want to ensure that their message reaches out. However, such rules can always be implemented considering that the pros of its implementation would be more on the whole.

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