A new labour law in France means that employees must ignore their bosses and cease all communication from 6pm. No texting in the bath, no tweeting while watching TV – zilch.

After noticing that bosses had a tendency to invade employees’ home lives via smartphone after office hours, workers unions have pushed for a new legally-binding labour agreement in which workers are prohibited from checking their smartphones or computers to look at work-related material.

Companies must also adhere by ensuring their employees come under no pressure to do so.

The policy affects more than a million employees working for companies such as Google, Facebook and Deloitte.

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