Should it become illegal to contact staff after hours?

MT Asks: Should the UK bring in a ‘right to rest’ law?

by Orianna Rosa Royle

During the industrial revolution, where 14-hour shifts in a factory wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, Robert Owen campaigned for the 9-5 workday. 

His famous slogan was: “Eight hours labour. Eight hours recreation. Eight hours rest.”

Until the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe and forced most offices to shut and staff to work from home, the 8 hour workday was still very much the norm.

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