Directive on right to disconnect proposed in European Parliament

12th of February 2021
Directive on right to disconnect proposed in European Parliament

The European Parliament recently adopted a legislative initiative report, calling on the Commission to propose an EU directive on the right to disconnect - reports EFCI.

MEPs have taken into account the framework agreement on digitalisation already reached by the European social partners. The report provides that a legislative proposal to establish minimum requirements for telework can only be presented by the Commission after a three-year deadline for implementing the social partners' framework agreement on digitalisation.

The report aims to reaffirm the right of no professional solicitation outside working time, with full respect for working time legislation and working time provisions in collective agreements and contractual arrangements.

It sets minimum requirements on the use of digital tools for professional purposes outside working hours, which over time aim at creating a culture that avoids out-of-hours contact.

Click here to read the report.

The report emphasises the important role of social partners in implementing the right to disconnect and of the need for tailor-made solutions meeting companies' specific needs and constraints.



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