Community news|10/12/20

MEPs call for a ‘right to disconnect’

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > MEPs call for a ‘right to disconnect’

With the COVID-19 pandemic, over a third of EU workers now work from home. Therefore, in a resolution adopted on 1st December, MEPs call on the Commission to present a European directive on the right to disconnect, a right they consider as vital.

They believe that the culture of being “always on” and the growing expectation that workers should be reachable at any time can negatively affect work-life balance, physical and mental health, and well-being. MEPs stress that EU rules are needed to ensure that workers can refrain from performing work-related tasks and communicating electronically outside their working time without suffering negative consequences.

The non-legislative resolution is expected to be voted on in a plenary session in January 2021. Once endorsed by Parliament, it will be put forward to the Commission and EU countries for implementation as part of future regulatory decisions.

Find out more

Draft report

Discover other news

Community news

28/02/24

OSH measures key to prevent violence and harassment at work

More than one in five workers in the 25 countries surveyed have experienced violence and harassment at work, according to a new report by the ILO. Creating an environment free of these problems requires “a cooperative approach and social dialogue within companies on occupational health and safety (OHS)”.

Community news

28/02/24

Lead and diisocyanates: Council approves new limit values

The new directive adopted today reduces the occupational exposure limit values for lead and its compounds, which are toxic to reproduction, by a factor of five, and introduces new limit values for diiosocyanates, to which 4.2 million workers are exposed and which can cause asthma and skin diseases.

News

28/02/24

OS&H in Europe: where are we now?

So where are we in Europe when it comes to health and safety at work? That's the question we put to William Cockburn Salazar, the new Executive Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), in the first episode of the EUROGIP Discussions.