Labour Market

‘Right to switch-off’ legislation will damage flexible labour market


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Julian Jessop quoted in the Independent

In the Media

Julian Jessop quoted in The Guardian

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

In her column for The Spectator, Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, suggested French-style legislation which prevents bosses from contacting workers after hours ignores the flexibility of the UK labour market. Annabel warned and a one-size-fits-all approach to labour regulations could damage productivity in certain sectors.

Annabel argued: “In exchange for a right to disconnect, firms may expect that employees work nose to the grindstone during their contracted hours. No popping to the bank mid-morning, no surfing the web. Many bosses will accommodate employee needs – but some may just contract more work out to mitigate the risk of being dragged before an employment tribunal. Is this really benefitting employees?

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