WORK-LIFE WIN: ‘RIGHT TO DISCONNECT’ LAW

The Senate has passed legislation establishing the Right to Disconnect in Australia, hailed as a significant victory for work-life balance. Australian workers now have rights such as setting clear working time boundaries and refusing work-related contact outside of working hours without repercussions.

Labour academics analysing the Closing Loopholes No 2 Bill see it as a significant shift in valuing work-life balance. The right to disconnect allows workers to avoid unreasonable work-related contact outside of paid hours, with potential fines for breaches.

Despite opposition, the provision will be implemented in six months. This shift is seen as aligning with modern work standards, benefiting both workers' well-being and employers' duty of care.

Statistics show widespread overwork among Australians, highlighting the need for change.

This legislation follows successful movements in like France, Spain, and Ireland, and has strong support from workers.

Contact your Union for guidance and support on implementing the new rules in your workplace.

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