In a resolution of 5 July, MEPs recognise the benefits of teleworking but call for legislative action to guarantee all workers the effective right to disconnect and to regulate the use of digital tools for work purposes.
They warn of the risks to mental health and privacy posed by over-connection, blurring of the boundaries between work and private life, and higher work intensity or “technostress”, the stress of using technology at work. The European Parliament therefore calls for a European strategy on mental health, a European care strategy and national action plans. It notes that the lack of binding common principles on psychosocial risks in the EU leads to de facto unequal legal protection for workers.
MEPs call on the EU institutions and Member States to further regulate digital work, in cooperation with employers and workers’ representatives. The Commission, EU-OSHA and Member States should include mental health in their health crisis and pandemic preparedness plans.
This new resolution follows the one of 21 January 2021 containing recommendations to the Commission on the right to disconnect.