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California Considers “Right to Disconnect” Law 

California may become the first state to give workers the right to disconnect from work outside of their work hours. Assembly Bill 2751 proposes that employers establish a written policy allowing employees to ignore work emails and calls during non-working hours. This aims to combat burnout and improve work-life balance in today’s “always-on” work culture. 

The bill requires employers to define “non-working hours” in writing and prohibits contacting employees outside of those times except for emergencies or scheduling changes. This right to disconnect would apply to both public and private sector employees. 

Next Steps 

The bill is currently making its way through the California legislature and faces further debate before becoming law. HR Works will continue to monitor this topic and provide updates as information becomes available. 

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