Magazine article Security Management

The Right to Be Offline. (Tech Talk)

Magazine article Security Management

The Right to Be Offline. (Tech Talk)

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With the proliferation of mail and intranets available through wireless or broadband connections, as well as the near-ubiquity of cell phones, the line between the office and the home is getting blurry. Do workers have a right to a "switch-off" time, when employers may not expect to reach employees? One European group asserts that they do.

The Internet Rights Forum, a three-year-old group supported by the French government, aims to find "a balance between self-regulation and legal regulation through open and pragmatic discussions," says a report from the group. While the Forum's recommendations are not binding, they represent the thinking of the 100 or so public and private companies and associations that are members. The report, Work Relations and Internet, looks at questions such as switch-off time and the monitoring of employees at work.

The paper points our that French employment code stipulates that employees receive time off from work in the amount of 11 consecutive hours per day, with a 24-hour period per week. …

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