France passes anti email law

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France has passed new laws designed to stop workers checking their emails outside of work hours.

The new law means that companies must say what hours staff don’t have to send or answer emails.

The new law was passed comes into effect on 1st Jan 2017 and applies to large companies, those with more than fifty employees.

Smartphones and almost universal internet coverage give us constant access to emails, and can make work eat into play time, so the law is encouraging people to switch off and let a holiday be a holiday.

Many New Zealand workers say they are guilty of checking their emails outside of work hours and believe a change would be good. Do you think this kind of law would work in New Zealand?

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