30 Aug '13, 3pm

Germany has banned employers from calling their workers outside of work hours

BERLIN — Germany’s labour ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out-of-hours except in emergencies. The ministry says the measure is intended to prevent staff from suffering undue stress by being constantly on call. Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported today (Aug 30) that the ministry is following the lead of major German companies such as automaker Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom. The newspaper cited official guidelines stating that no staff should be penalised for turning off their cellphone or failing to pick up messages after working hours “to prevent self-exploitation.” It said managers were also being urged to refrain from calling staff while on leave but out-of-hours contact was permitted “in exceptional circumstances.” AP mail print View all comments Tweet Share on Tumblr

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