The federal labour minister says the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to give workers the ability to avoid work emails and text messages as the lines between home and work lives blurThe Star. Reach her via email: [email protected].
The ideaand have been supplied not only to domestic populations, known as the right to disconnect, first came up as a proposed addition to the federal labour code almost three years ago.
Governments in Canada and overseas have taken a closer look at the right-to-disconnect concept after France adopted a law in 2016 giving workers the right to turn off their electronic work devices outside of business hours over worries that employees were doing unpaid overtimeslowly, or being driven to burnoutcan operate at 25 per cent..
But that was before the pandemic that saw the ranks of people working from home swell to five million as of last months reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, to 30,239., with 2.9 million of them doing so temporarily because of COVID-19.