If you are being stressed with workload even after working hours by having to respond to office-related calls after work, the proposed “Right to Disconnect Bill 2018” will let you ignore your boss’ calls after working hours – if passed in Lok Sabha.
Days after the two-day nationwide strikes by workers demanding for worker-friendly labour laws, an activist and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) front leader Supriya Sule introduced the “Right to Disconnect Bill 2018” in the Lok Sabha. The Private Member’s Bill introduced on Friday has garnered positive response and support as it is intended to fulfil the espousing need to detox today’s fast-paced corporate environment by giving employees the right to disconnected office or work-related calls, or any other form of communication after working hours.
The Bill also mandates employers to detail out-of-work demands “as a way to reduce stress and ease tension between an employee’s personal and professional life”. This means, if the bill is passed, companies will be required to draft their own policy towards employees working remotely, tele-working and travelling for work. For companies bigger than 10 employees, they will be required to negotiate these terms periodically with workers, create their own charter and an Employee Welfare Committee of employee representatives to ensure the rights are followed.
The proposed legislation is important because considering the current work culture, there is a severe need to take measures for respecting the personal space of the employees during out-of-work time and holidays. The bill is not just for rights of workers towards employees, but also lets the individuals have the right to balance out work-social balance – which is much needed in today’s fast-paced technology driven era. It is currently being tabled in the Lok Sabha, and considering the positive response, it might as well, become an Act – unlike the previous attempt in December last year.