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Ontario launches ‘disconnecting from work’ policy

Ontario launches ‘disconnecting from work’ policy
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After a long day of work, the last thing anyone wants is to get reached out to by a colleague or boss discussing work-related issues.

In recent years, the conversation of mental health and the concept of learning how to disconnect has never been more prominent. Following this new trend in conversation, the province of Ontario has decided to take charge in making an impactful change in the workplace.

According to a statement made on the government of Ontario’s website, “Employers that employ 25 or more employees are required to have a written policy on disconnecting from work in place for all employees.”

Having started on June 3rd, the point of this law is to encourage a healthier work-life balance for Ontario employees… The first of its kind in Canada.

By law, no employee will be expected to engage in any form of communications, including emails, telephone calls, video calls or the sending or reviewing of other messages once their day is done. This will encourage employees to relax and disconnect from their daily duties once they reach the end of their shift.

Is this something you would like to see happen in Quebec?

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