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Germany considering BANNING employers from contacting staff out of work hours under anti-stress laws
A leading German politician has taken a significant step towards implementing an 'anti-stress law' - banning employers from contacting workers outside office hours.
Employment minister, Andrea Nahles, has commissioned a report to asses the viability of new legislation in the wake of rising stress levels and work-related mental health issues in Germany.
The report will examine the effect of people being in constant contact with their office - a trend blamed largely on the popularity of smartphones.
It is already illegal under German law for companies to ask employees to do any work while on holiday, including answering emails.
But Ms Nahles suggests the law needs to go further as high working demands mean people are finding it impossible to switch off when they are at home.