French Employees Can Legally Ignore Work Emails Outside of Office Hours

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French President François Hollande, seen on a iPad screen in Marseille, gestures as he gives his traditional New Year's speech in a prerecorded presentation. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Amy Wang on January 1, 2017.

That 10 p.m. email from your boss? It’s your right to ignore it.

That Saturday ping from a colleague with “just one quick question?” A response on Monday should suffice.

If you’re in France, that is.

French workers rang in a new year at midnight — as well as a “right to disconnect” law that grants employees in the country the legal right to ignore work emails outside of typical working hours, according to The Guardian. …

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