Germany considers a ban on after-hour work emails

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BERLIN, Germany — Legislators plan to draft a law to limit the number of emails and calls workers receive after their work day is done.

In August, German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles commissioned a study on the psychological and economic effects of work-related stress.

The findings are not expected until 2016, but may prompt legislation that would preserve workers’ privacy and erode the prevailing attitude that employees should always be on-call.

“There is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness,” Nahles told the Rheinische Post. “We have commissioned the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to work out whether it is possible to set load thresholds. We need universal and legally binding criteria.”

For more on the legislation and well-known companies that have curbed after-hours communication with their employees, click here for the story from The Huffington Post.

 

 

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