Business Minister plans to give workers 'right to disconnect'

Business Minister plans to give workers 'right to disconnect'

Business Minister Heather Humphreys has announced plans to give workers the "right to disconnect", with the Government working on a policy which they plan to bring forward after Christmas.

Speaking on the plans, Humphreys said: "I don't want to see people feeling under pressure, under stress, that they don't get a break from work because they're much more productive if they get a good night's sleep, rest in the evening, and we have to have a work-life balance."

Humphreys added that workers should not feel obliged to respond to work calls or emails late at night, saying that she hopes to have a policy in the "next few months".

The Government has previously said that a working group are examining the French approach to employee connectivity, whereby companies with more than 50 employees guarantee employees the right to disconnect outside of regular office hours.

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