Under the “Working for Workers Act“, any organization with more than 25 employees must have the “Right to Disconnect” policy in place by June 1, 2022.
So, what does “Right to Disconnect” mean? It is defined in Bill 27 as “not engaging in work-related communications, including emails, telephone calls, video calls or the sending or reviewing of other messages, so as to be free from the performance of work.“
It means that you can still send your employees a quick reminder, or “to do” list for the next day; you just can’t expect them to read or act upon your message until their normal “business hours”.
Employers are required to review the organization annually to ensure they meet the 25-employee threshold, and review their policy annually and include the date the policy was made and date of any review and/or change to the policy.
In addition, Employers are required to provide each employee with a copy of the new policy within 30 days of it being created, or within 30 days after any updates. This includes new hires, who must receive a copy within 30 days of starting work.