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Thursday Tip: The Right to Disconnect!

Since 1st April 2021 The Right to Disconnect grants all employees the right to fully disengage from work-related activities outside of their normal working hours. This includes the right not to respond to emails, phone calls or other messages outside of that window. Employers should be mindful of their expectations of their employees in light of the following 3 rights enshrined in the Code:

  • the right of an employee to not have to routinely perform work outside their normal working hours
  • the right not to be penalised for refusing to attend to work matters outside of normal working hours
  • the duty to respect another person’s right to disconnect (for example, by not routinely emailing or calling outside normal working hours)

3 Important Tips on the Right to Disconnect:

  • Have a conversation with staff in relation to working hours and/or flexi time arrangements and make a note of those conversations
  • Seek consent to share agreed working windows with other team members so communication boundaries are made clear
  • Be mindful of the sending of emails/messages outside of other’s normal working hours (for example, where it is necessary to do so, input “For Monday” in the subject bar of emails)