Germany mulls ban on after-hours work emails and calls

After Hours Work


In the last few years, some German firms such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom have banned after-hours call and emails to workers – the point being to actually let people take time off in the evening, rather than effectively being half-working all the time.

Now a ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. German labor minister Andrea Nahles said in a Tuesday interview that the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) was consulting on how such a law could be made – what thresholds would need to be mandated, and so on. She said the first results were expected in 2015.

Earlier this month the labor minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, called for such a law. According to local reports, the smartphone age comes with real burnout risks — quiteafewstudies will…

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