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Should we follow Germany's example and ban emails to employees on holiday?

11 September 2014 #Health & Safety

It was recently reported in the Guardian Newspaper that the German employment minister is considering new “anti-stress” legislation, including banning companies from contacting employees out of hours. She is quoted in the German press as saying “There is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness. We have commissioned the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to work out whether it is possible to set load thresholds. We need universal and legally binding criteria.”

The Guardian points out that it is already illegal in Germany for managers to contact staff during holidays and it is reported that several major companies such as Volkswagen and BMW have also implemented their own restrictions on contacting employees out of hours.

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