France bans work emails after 6 p.m., before 9 a.m.

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Employees in France must avoid opening email from work after 6 p.m.

The BBC reports a new law says that if French workers get a phone call or email after work, they must ignore it.

Somewhere around 1 million workers in consulting and digital fields in France will be required to turn off work phones and stop taking email after 6 p.m. and before 9 a.m., unless there are exceptional circumstances according to the report.

It’s part of an agreement reached by employers federations and unions.

The European Union’s Working Time Directive requires nations in the group except the United Kingdom and Malta to keep work weeks to 48 hours at the most. France put a 35-hour work week in place in the late 1990s.

Some workers wonder how the email ban can be enforced.

Read more about this story from the BBC here.