California bill would let employees legally ignore boss’s calls and texts

A new California bill would give employees the right to ignore calls and texts by their boss after working hours.

The legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Matt Haney (D-CA) of San Francisco, mandates that employers must clearly outline working hours and then guarantee their employees uninterrupted personal and family time outside of those hours.

The Capitol in Sacramento, California, is seen on March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

So if the boss calls and it’s not an emergency, the employee could legally ignore it without repercussions. The law would apply to public and private employers. If an employer breaks the rules three times, he or she could be reported to the state’s labor commission by employees and be subject to fines starting at $100.

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