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Irish workers should have a legal right to ignore out-of-hours calls and emails, according to a trade union.
The government says it’s looking at new laws which could give workers the “right to disconnect”.
A new report has found a quarter of employees are asked to answer calls or emails outside of office hours. The study from the University of Limerick looked at 2,000 workers in the financial services and tech sectors.
Among the findings are that just 7% of employees think their boss has done enough to stop the overuse of technology for work. This research led to calls from the Financial Services Union for a new law to give people the “right to disconnect”.
The report from UL says every employer should be forced not to abuse people’s contracted working hours and some companies have already introduced policies in this area.