Brazilians Can Claim Overtime for Checking Emails Out of Work Hours
Published on: 18th Jan 2012
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The Brazilian government has passed a law that enables employees to claim overtime payments if they check emails when out of work hours.
The rise in the use of smartphones has lead to a blurring of the work/life divide in many countries, and some claims that persistent email checking is affecting family life. The German carmaker Volkswagen recently ordered it staff to switch off their Blackberry handsets when not working.
The new legislation was approved by President Dilma Rousseff last month.
The law says that emails sent to employees are equivalent to management orders to staff, and hence qualifies for overtime payments.