Supporters wave flags as the Eiffel tower is seen in the background during a campaign meeting of France's incumbent president and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party candidate for the French 2012 presidential election on May 1, 2012 at the Trocadero square in Paris. / Martin Bureau, AFP/Getty Images
France already has a 35-hour work week, and a new rule is designed to make sure that it doesn't start shading toward 40 hours because of work-related e-mail.
The Guardian reports that the rule forbids workers from checking their phones or computers for work stuff after 6 p.m., and it forbids employers from pressuring them to do so.
The move apparently doesn't affect all workers in France, but it does cover about 1 million workers in the tech industry - including French employees of Google and Facebook.
At Fox Business, a U.S. labor expert finds it hard to believe the IT industry can manage such a draconian shut-off time.
"There's always something going wrong off the clock - when a computer goes down, it doesn't go down between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m."
A post at Fast Company agrees that it might be tough to enforce, but adds that "it's a nice perk to have in any case."
Elsewhere, Germany already has a similar rule in place, while Sweden is experimenting with a 30-hour work week.
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