Germany might pass legislation that would prevent late-night work emails, reports The Huffington Post. According to the article, “Last month, German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles commissioned a study to assess the psychological and economic effects of work-related stress. The findings, slated to be released in 2016, are expected to generate legislation that would ban employers from contacting workers after office hours. Such a law, currently being pushed by the powerful multi-service trade union Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, or ver.di, now seems more likely to reach fruition since it gained” the Labor Minister’s support.
The article adds: “’There is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness,’ Nahles told the Rheinische Post. ‘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 story adds, “Though some workers in France earlier this year adopted a so-called ban on emails after 6 p.m., the labor agreement was not cemented into law.”