Tags: france | email | ban | 6pm

France Email Ban: News of 6 PM Work Cutoff Isn't Really Accurate

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 06:54 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Internet chatter this week that France banned work emails after 6 p.m. was based on inaccurate stories, and the media clarified Friday that the country itself didn't put any such ban in place.

The misinformation seemed to start with an article in The Guardian, which initially reported the agreement would affect “a million employees” and set a phone cut-off time of 6 p.m. The article has since been amended to correct the information.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The real deal was made between employer federations and unions and covered employees in the technology sector, The Guardian said.

“The deal obliges staff to ‘disconnect’ from work calls and emails after working hours to ensure they receive the full minimum rest periods already mandated in French employment regulations but there is no particular time at which they are required to do so,” The Guardian wrote in its amendment. “While the deal was signed by unions representing 1 million employees, it will affect only 250,000 workers directly.”

Slate's French division, clearing up what got lost in translation, specified that a minimum daily rest period is required by the French government and is set at 11 hours, which leaves 13 hours people can legally work.

Slate, quoting directly from the agreement, said it lays out that employers will “take steps to ensure the possibility that the worker will be able to disconnect long-distance communication devices in his or her possession.”

That leaves a lot of room for interpretation of how that would work.

Still, many online today hadn’t gotten the message that the “French ban work emails after 6 p.m.” wasn’t really accurate, and posts continued to show up about the idea.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith Wants Out of DUI With Immunity Law

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 19:20 PM

Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith, arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge, is making an effort to get the charge . . .

School Bus Pentagram? Woman Outraged Over Satanic Brake Light Symbol

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:53 PM

A Tennessee woman is outraged after spotting what she says is a satanic pentagram formed by the brake lights on a school . . .

Rapper Tiny Doo May Face Long Jail Sentence Over Lyrics

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:10 PM

San Diego rapper Tiny Doo is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence for his violent song lyrics under a little-known  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved