Bosses won’t be able contact employees outside of work hours except in exceptional circumstances, according to a proposed law for civil servants in Belgium.

“Right to Disconnect” will be introduced for civil workers from the 1st of February by the Green Party’s Minister of Civil Service Petra De Sutter, according to a memo seen by Belgium newspaper De Morgen.

Bosses won’t be able contact employees outside of work hours except in exceptional circumstances, according to a proposed law for civil servants in Belgium.

A “Right to Disconnect” will be introduced for civil workers from the 1st of February by the Green Party’s Minister of Civil Service Petra De Sutter, according to a memo seen by Belgium newspaper De Morgen.

The memo states that these workers can only be “contacted outside normal working hours in exceptional and unforeseen circumstances, and where action is required that cannot wait until the next working period”, and that employees “should not be disadvantaged” if they do not respond to contact outside work hours.

De Sutter’s memo says the move hopes to allow “better focus, better recuperation and a more sustainable energy level,” but doesn’t specify penalties for employees who break these rules.  

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