A legal right to disconnect?

The Financial Services Union (FSU) has called on the government to introduce a legal 'right to disconnect'

The FSU's appeal to the government comes amid recent reports that Minister Heather Humphreys has already set about examining the introduction of a legal right to disconnect for employees.

The appeal stems from research carried out across 2,000 of its members, which concluded that pressure to complete remote work outside office hours is causing a 'crisis in mental health'.

The FSU believes that the increase in stress reported by FSU members is directly attributable to the lack of clear employment policies surrounding the use of mobile technology. Although flexible and remote work brings certain advantages, the difficulty of separating work life from personal life is a challenge many employees struggle with.

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