Right to Disconnect: possible collaboration between employers and staff

The right to disconnect, a new code of practice that reinforces people’s right not to answer calls or emails outside of working hours, should be a collaboration between employers and staff.

But certainly it is something that I think is collaborative and there are obligations on both sides – Siobhra Rush

That’s according to Síobhra Rush, an employment law expert and Partner at Lewis Silkin.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar signed the code of practice this week, meaning employees now ‘officially’ have a right to a better work-life balance. The new rules could lead to cases in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) when there are breaches of the right to disconnect.

It means people have a right to not have to work outside of normal hours; they can’t be penalised for refusing to do so; and colleagues shouldn’t routinely email or call outside of those times…READ ON

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