Australia Set to Introduce ‘Right to Disconnect’ Law, Empowering Workers to Refuse After-Hours Calls Without Penalty

4 months ago

Australia is poised to enact a “right to disconnect” law, granting employees the ability to refuse unreasonable calls from bosses after work hours without facing penalties. The legislation, part of the government’s proposed industrial relations changes, aims to protect workers’ rights, enhance work-life balance, and impose fines on violating employers. The bill, supported by the majority of senators, addresses various loopholes and also includes provisions for temporary-to-permanent employment pathways and minimum standards for certain workers. Critics argue it may hinder flexibility and competitiveness, while proponents, including the Greens, hail it as a victory for workers’ rights and work-life balance.