‘Right To Disconnect’: Portugal Socialists Ban Out-Of-Hours Communication And Force Employer To Pay For Employees’ Electricity And Internet

‘Right To Disconnect’: Portugal Socialists Ban Out-Of-Hours Communication And Force Employer To Pay For Employees’ Electricity And Internet


Portugal recently passed new labor laws which make it illegal for employers to contact their employees outside of working hours, except in emergency situations.

“The new labor laws were passed by Portugal’s Parliament earlier this month and were introduced following an increase in people working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic,” reported CNBC.

The outlet added that an October document that proposed the legislation “explained that workers should have the right to at least 11 consecutive hours of ‘night rest,’ during which they should not be interrupted unless for emergencies.”

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These rules will also force employers to contribute to employees’ “work-from-home” expenses, such as electricity and internet, as well as requiring in-person meetings between managers and staff every two months. Young parents are also given the right to

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