The saying used to be everybody's working for the weekend, but thanks to smartphones and laptops keeping us constantly connected to our school, the office, and every little problem that comes up, more and more Canadians are actually working on the weekend instead.
In fact, so many people are working through their weekends that the government feels they have to do something about it. That's where the "right to disconnect" comes in.
A new law being looked at by the Liberal government aims at giving Canadians the right to turn off their work phones and ignore their emails at night time and on the weekends. Currently, the government is worried that Canadians are doing too much outside of the office, leading to unpaid overtime and employee burnout.
The law would make it so employers couldn't penalize people for not responding to work-related phone calls or emails outside of their standard workday.
The proposed change to Canadian labour laws has been met with both praise and criticism. On one side, labour unions have said that the law will help Canadians achieve the better work-life balance they have been craving.
On the other side, employer groups have expressed concern that this rule would get in the way of workers who they need to have on call, or in industries where they don't work a typical 9-5 shift.
The new law is inspired by France, where the right to disconnect was actually introduced in 2016 to help workers in the country with better work-life balances.
If the law is introduced by the Canadian Liberals, it would only affect employees under federally regulated industries but would inspire other provinces to enact similar rules for all workers.
Source: HRD / The Canadian Press