NYC Proposes Ban on Afterhours Calls and Emails

by Ivan Pereira for amNY

New Yorkers could soon get the chance to enjoy a phone-free dinner without fear of being reprimanded.

City Councilman Rafael Espinal introduced recent legislation that would make it illegal for employers to require their employees to answer any calls, texts or emails during their non- work hours. Espinal said too many bosses are taking advantage of the tech and ruining the quality of life for their workers.

“We need to establish clear boundaries for employees so they can maintain a healthy work-life balance and live without fear of retaliation for not answering work communications after work hours,” he said in a statement.

The bill would only affect companies with 10 or more employees. If the employer retaliates against a worker who refuses to answer a call, they would be hit with city fines, according to the bill.

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