Transcript for No Job Emails After Work Hours in France
To France this evening where a headline is getting global attention. We already knew they had shorter work weeks and more vacation than most of us in America. Now they're getting a break from something else, e-mail at night. Are they onto something? ABC's Jeffrey Kaufmann now. Reporter: No one would ever accuse the French of letting work get in the way of the good life. The country that closes down for the month of August, the country that introduced the 35-hour work week has now banned bosses from bothering workers after hours. It will soon be illegal for workers to respond to e-mails after the work day is done. Under the new rules there's an obligation to disconnect from blackberries and smart phones. Workers are guaranteed 11 uninterrupted hours of rest time. It is not, however, for everyone. The law applies to just a few hundred thousand workers, but it includes workers at Google France and Facebook France. Can you imagine a law like this in the U.S.? I think it would be an uproar of people talking about the lack of productivity. Reporter: When you think about it, it is kind of appealing turning work off at the end of the day, but France can hardly afford to be smug. Economic growth is almost stagnant, unemployment over ten percent, a record high. Forcing people to turn this off may not be the best way to encourage investment in an
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