It May Soon Be Illegal For NYC Bosses to Contact Employees Out

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After a long, hard day at the office, the last thing you want is the boss interrupting your wine-sipping, binge-watching evening with an urgent email.Which is why New York City Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr. wants to establish the “right to disconnect.”The Brooklynite is set to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require staff to access work-related electronic communication outside of their regular hours.AdChoices广告“After leaving the office, many of us are glued to our phones refreshing our Instagram feeds, but often times we are also keeping up with our work and bosses,” Espinal said in a statement. “While technology has increased access to people and ideas, it’s also made it possible for employees to be on-call 24/7.“We need to establish clear boundaries for employees so they can maintain a healthy work-life balance and live without fear of retaliation for not answering work communications after work hours,” he continued. “The right to disconnect has proven effective in other countries and it is time NYC take this protective step to protect workers’ rights.”If passed, the law allows people inundated with out-of-hours calls, texts, and emails to file a complaint with the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs, which can dole out civil fines up to $50 per accuser.“This bill protects work-life balance, and, for employers, ensures that their employees are working at their optimal level,” according to Espinal.The Council member has received “an overwhelming amount of positive feedback” from working New Yorkers excited for the possible reprieve.Others, however, believe that in the city that never sleeps, neither should laborers.“There was a time when New York was still the city that never sleeps, but we weren’t reachable,” Espinal contended. “Now it’s impossible to get away from your work because of advancements in technology.”The proposal protects only “private” employees; folks working in the public sector—military, police, infrastructure, transit, education, healthcare, etc.—are not covered.Espinal is scheduled to present his bill to the City Council on Thursday, Time Out reported. He hopes to hold a hearing on it during a meeting of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing before the summer.Editor’s note: This article was updated on March 29 with comment from Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr. Stay on targetlast_img

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