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France bans work e-mail after 6pm
法國禁止晚上六點後處理公務電子郵件

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin delivers a speech during a press conference at the IMF in Washington on April 10.
法國財政部長米歇爾‧沙班四月十日在華府召開的國際貨幣基金會議記者會上發表演說。

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France has long been seen as something of a paradise when it comes to labor rights, with its 35-hour week, long lunches and generous holidays.

Now, a new legally binding agreement effectively banning workers from after-hours work e-mails could be the icing on the gateau (cake).

The deal signed between employers’ federations and unions representing workers in the digital and consultancy fields stipulates that employees should switch off work e-mails after 6pm and employers must not pressure them to be electronically available after this time.

Employees will no longer check their work-related e-mail before 9am or after 6pm, according to the agreement. The deal upholds the spirit of the 35-hour work week that France implemented in 1999.

One million employees in the tech and consulting sectors will be covered by the new rule, the Guardian reports, including workers at the French offices of Google and Facebook.

(Liberty Times)

說到勞工權益,法國長期以來被視為天堂,每週工作三十五小時、午休時間長,假期又多。

現在,一項具有法律約束力的新協議可能讓這個天堂好上加好:禁止員工下班後處理公務電子郵件。

這項由數位與顧問產業雇主聯合會與工會簽訂的協議規定,員工應該在晚上六點後關閉工作用電子郵件,雇主不得施壓他們在這個時間後,保持電子聯繫管道暢通。

根據這份協議,員工將不再於上午九點前或晚上六點後查看工作相關電子郵件。這項協議支持法國自一九九九年起實施的每週三十五小時工時精神。

這項新規定將適用於科技和顧問產業的一百萬名受僱人員,《衛報》報導,包括法國的Google和臉書員工。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. the icing on the cake

idiom

錦上添花 (jin3 shang4 tian1 hua1)

例: I already have the position I want. It would be the icing on the cake if I could also get a raise.

(我已經得到我想要的職位,若能爭取到加薪會更棒。)

2. stipulate

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規定 (gui1 ding4)

例: The contract stipulates how the refund policy works.

(這份合約規定了退款辦法。)

3. uphold

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支持 (zhi1 chi2)

例: The appeals court upheld the death sentence.

(上訴法院維持死刑判決。)


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