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Proposed NYC law would give workers right not to respond to emails after work hours

Proposed NYC law would give workers right not to respond to emails after work hours
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A proposed bill would make it illegal for employers in New York City to make employees respond to emails after work hours. 

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The bill, which was introduced by Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr., would fine employers at companies with 10 or more employees if they required workers to respond to after-hours emails. 

The legislation does not apply to government employees. 

Espinal Jr. based his legislation after a 2017 French law, which gives workers the right to disconnect from email and other electronic forms of communication after work hours, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

The French law requires that companies with 50 or more workers come up with guidelines on how to do deal with after-hours communications. 

French unions had pushed for the law, citing the "explosion of undeclared labor" in the form of electronic communication.