Finally, a legitimate reason other than Lafayette for France to feel superior to Americans! The nation passed a series of controversial labor laws recently that most people hate, but buried within all those bills was one particularly nice morsel: Companies of 50 or more employees are now prohibited from sending employees emails after work hours.
French National Assembly member Benoit Harmon told the BBC, “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant. Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”
Article 25 of the bill reads, “The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers. 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.”
Of course, many other aspects of the labor law reforms rightfully have people rioting in the streets, but this one part? This is fantastic. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m unplugging for Memorial Day weekend.