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2:46 PM - 10 Oct 2019



Expectations among some employers that staff stay contacted after hours is a major contributor to work-related stress.

That's according to the Financial Services Union, which is calling for legislation to be introduced to give workers the legal right to disconnect.

It comes as a new University of Limerick survey shows over 90 percent feel their employer isn't interested in limiting their technology use.

A quarter also say they're expected to answer calls or emails outside work hours, and Gareth Murphy from the FSU, says the mental health of employees must be protected.

Business Minister Heather Humphreys says her officials are considering what the best approach might be.

Some companies have already introduced policies in this area.

The report from UL says every employer should be forced not to abuse people's contracted working hours.

 



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