“Is your mind still busy with work outside working time?”

REFLECTIONS ON THE BLURRING OF THE BOUNDARIES  BETWEEN WORK AND PRIVATE LIFE AND THE RIGHT TO DISCONNECT

Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Ugan Çatalkaya*

26 February 2021

Developments in information and communication technology can be considered as one of the key drivers of change in working life. On the one hand these developments seem to provide to workers some flexibility and independence regarding the working hours and workplace but on the other hand the ability to work and being accessible anytime, anywhere has detrimental effects on work-life balance.

The negative results of the blur of the dividing lines between working hours and private life occur especially like increased stress levels, physical and mental health conditions -including burnout-. Therefore, it is essential to provide and secure the workers’ right to disconnect, which means the right to not to engage in work related activities or communications by means of digital tools, directly or indirectly, outside working time.

Being aware of the exigency of the subject, the European Parliament voted in January 2021 on a legislative-initiative resolution, calling on the Commission to put forward a legislative proposal. From our standpoint, this resolution which includes a directive proposal should also constitute an inspiration for a new regulation in our legal system in order to secure workers the right to disconnect.

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Kadir Has University Faculty of Law Labor and Social Security Law Department
Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Ugan Çatalkaya
Kadir Has University Faculty of Law Labor and Social Security Law Department

* deniz.ugan@khas.edu.tr