Will The ‘Right To Disconnect’ Bill Get Passed In India?

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Employees Might Get The Right To Disconnect Work Calls Or Emails After Office Hours

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It’s a piece of good news for all the employees. If a private member’s Bill gets passed in the Parliament, the employees might get the right to disconnect work-related calls or emails after office hours.

According to the Right to Disconnect 2018, which was introduced by NCP MP Supriya Sule who wants to establish an Employees’ Welfare Authority “to acquire the right on every employee to disconnect from work-related telephone calls and emails post work hours and on holidays and the right to refuse to answer calls and emails outside work hours and for all matters related to it.”

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Section 7 of the bill says, “Every employee shall have the right to disconnect out of work hours.

(a) ‘Right to disconnect’ means that while the employer may contact the worker after work hours, the employee is not obliged to reply or shall have the right to refuse to answer such calls; and

(b) in case an employee refuses to reply to any call during out-of-work hours, such employee shall not be subject to any disciplinary action by the employer.”

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If the bill gets passed, then an agreement will be signed between the employer and the employee, with all the negotiations regarding the working hours and attending calls and emails after that. 

Currently, France is the only country in the world to have a law allowing employees to refuse to take calls and reply to emails after working their hours. 

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