Since January 1, wage earners in France have the right to disconnect from work outside their working hours, although the new law does not force to turn off work mobile phone at the end of the working day, or the closing of the server for sending emails.
The new legislation, known as the “El Khomri law” by the surname of the Minister of Labor who promoted it, Myriam El Khomri, imposes on large companies the obligation to regulate the use of communication technologies (messaging and e-mails or mobile phones) to ensure respect for rest time and holidays.
The Government established in the text approved by Parliament last summer that the company and workers must negotiate its implementation and only in the case of lack of agreement, the employer must set the rules.
Some companies have already taken measures such as the telecoms operator Orange or the tire manufacturer Michelin.
Michelin has established “a control of the connections at a distance” between 9 pm and 7 am on weekdays, and from 9 pm on Friday to 7 am on Mondays, on weekends, for managers who are working on a itinerant basis.
A study published in October by the Eléas cabinet indicated that 37% of active employees used their professional digital tools outside working hours and 62% were in favuor of regulation.
January 3, 2017, EFE/Practica Español
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Comprensión del texto B.1 (Comprehension B.1)
Francia va a aprobar una nueva ley laboral.
Se está debatiendo una ley laboral en Francia.
Ha entrado en vigor una nueva ley laboral en Francia.
La relación entre la vida laboral y la privada.
Las nuevas formas de estar más conectado con la empresa.
Los salarios que reciben los trabajadores.
Pueden ausentarse de su puesto trabajo las veces que quieran.
No están obligados a realizar tareas del trabajo fuera de su horario laboral.
Jamás deben llevar consigo el teléfono del trabajo cuando termine su jornada.
No se sabe.