Wellington, Jan 13 (ANI): A new law in Brazil allows workers to ask for overtime pay, if they answer work emails on their smartphones after office hours.
President Dilma Rousseff gave consent to the new legislation last month.
It states that company emails to workers are equivalent to orders given directly to the employee.
Labour attorneys told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper the new law makes it possible for workers answering emails after hours to claim overtime compensation, Stuff.co.nz reported.
This issue of over-connectivity has started gathering pace in several corners of the world as well.
In December, German carmaker Volkswagen conformed with labour representatives to switch off BlackBerry emails after hours.
The move came after French IT company Atos announced plans to abolish company internal emails by 2013.
German telco Deutsche Telekom and consumer goods maker Henkel have also initiated measures to curtail after-hours emails to reduce the pressure on workers to be always on call. (ANI)