Fed up with calls and messages from bosses after office hours? Australia to allow workers to ignore it – India TV

Fed up with calls and messages from bosses after office hours? Australia to allow workers to ignore it – India TV


Australia to allow ignore calls from bosses
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Canberra: Australia will introduce laws giving workers the right to ignore unreasonable calls and messages from their bosses outside of work hours without penalty, with potential fines for employers that breach the rule.


The “right to disconnect” is part of a raft of changes to industrial relations laws proposed by the federal government under a parliamentary bill, which it says would protect workers’ rights and help restore work-life balance.

Similar laws giving employees a right to switch off their devices are already in place in France, Spain and other countries in the European Union.

A majority of senators have now declared support for the legislation, Employment Minister Tony Burke from the ruling centre-left Labor party said in a statement on Wednesday.

The provision stops employees from working unpaid overtime through a right to disconnect from unreasonable contact out of hours, Burke said.

VIDEO: How employees react as Australia set to allow workers to ignore after-hours calls from bosses

 

“Someone who isn’t being paid 24 hours a day shouldn’t be penalised: PM Anthony

“What we are simply saying is that someone who isn’t being paid 24 hours a day shouldn’t be penalised if they’re not online and available 24 hours a day,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

The bill is expected to be introduced in parliament later this week.

The bill also includes other provisions like a clearer pathway from temporary to permanent work and minimum standards for temporary workers and truck driver.

(With inputs from agency)

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