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The Balance: Why Americans will stay tethered ‘like a dog’ to work email

Sorry Americans, but 2017 probably won’t offer you much more work-life balance.

A new law in France might give some workers the right to ignore emails and other communications that come in after regular business hours. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires businesses with 50 or more employees to guarantee workers a “right to disconnect” from technology at times — in an effort to curb work-related stress.

“Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash, like a dog,” Benoît Hamon, a member of Parliament and the former French education minister, told the BBC last year.

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