French Employees Unplug After Work

New French employment rules guarantee workers a right to disconnect.
2:08 | 04/13/14

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We wish that woman well. News out of France this morning, in the country that has already established a 35-hour work week and five or six weeks of vacation, now talk of banning work e-mail after hours. Would that fly here in the usa. Reporter: No e-mails, please. We're French. The country that works 35 hours a week and takes five weeks of vacation, is now telling workers to stop bothering workers after hours. Oh so easy to bring work home. A right to disconnect from their smart phones,ncluding 11 uninterrupt uninterrupted hours at a night. Google France. All to protect the good life. But what's the problem? One survey in the U.S. Found 63% of Americans check their smartphones every hour, 90% say they check them every five minutes. This recent cadillac ad hit a nerve in the U.S. The idea of turning off e-mails appeals to people we talked on the streets of New York, but no one thinks that the French disconnect could work in the U.S. I think it's a great law, but I don't think it would work here. Reporter: Unemployment in France is over 10% and growth is almost stagnant. Now, just got to send this e-mail, hold on a second. Bianna, you heard liberty, equality, a fraternity. Liberty, equality fraternity, unplug me. I'm right with you. Two phones. You got to keep things covered. One thing millions that teens are plugged into this year is the prom.

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