Right To Disconnect From Work Comes Into Effect Today

It gives people the right to not answer calls or emails outside of working hours.

From today, people have the right to disconnect from work and not answer calls or emails outside of working hours.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has signed a new code of practice, which could lead to cases in the Workplace Relations Commission if it's broken. 

People now have a right to not have to work outside of normal hours - and colleagues shouldn't routinely contact them at that time. 

Peter Cosgrove, a future of work expert, says the new rules aren't necessary:

The Tánaiste has also started a consultation on proposed new laws giving people a right to request to work from home. 

Leo Varadkar says as of today people have new rights:

Dr. Laura Bambrick from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions says the code is necessary particularly considering the shift to working from home:

The pandemic has changed the way we work forever.

That's according to Gary O'Keeffe from Crewit Resourcing in Portlaoise.

He says people working from home are in danger of burning-out:

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