Portugal Makes it Illegal for Your Boss to Text You After Work


Companies can now face fines for contacting workers outside of their normal working hours.

Remote workers in Portugal could see a healthier work-life balance under new labour laws approved by the country’s parliament.

The new rules approved on Friday are a response to the explosion of home working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Portugal’s ruling Socialist Party said.

Under the new rules, employers could face penalties for contacting workers outside of office hours. Companies will also have to help pay for expenses incurred by remote working, such as higher electricity and internet bills.

But the amendments to Portugal’s labour laws have limits: they will not apply to companies with fewer than ten employees.

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