How France’s proposed bill will combat burnout

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Workers in the so-called country of romance could be about to see a significant improvement in their social lives if a revolutionary new law goes ahead.

The “right to disconnect” legislation will give French employees the legal right to ignore emails outside of working hours – labour minister Myriam El Khomiri is expected to put forward the reform in coming weeks.

Still being finalized, the bill comes as Paris-based firm Technologia reveals the results to its recent study – a shocking 3.2 million workers in France are “at risk of burning out.”

“We have poor self-control when it comes to new technology,” Technologia founder Jean-Claude Delgenes told The Local. “Work spills over into people's private lives,” he added.

Sadly, burnout isn’t the most worrying of issues in France’s employment landscape with a spate of employee suicides still haunting the nation.

In 2012, major communications firm France Telecom (later rebranded as Orange) was indicted – along with its old CEO and two former top executives – under criminal law for workplace bullying.

The company had sparked widespread anger after it was revealed there had been 35 employee suicides in 2008 and 2009.
 

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