Ask the ExpertThe Right to disconnect policy – ON
Seiko Harada asked 3 months ago

Hello Glen.
In our company, we have a group of employees who are by default expected to be standing by for emergency calls etc. even outside of regular work hours and paid overtime if they worked. The overtime expectation is included in the employment contract. We plan to create a different Right to disconnect policy for this group but do you have any samples or resources to create this policy for such workers?
Thanks in advance.

Seiko Harada replied 3 months ago

Also, what happens when we have employees in BC – and naturally ON workers receive emails etc. after their work hours. Do we need to mention this as well?

2 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 3 months ago

I’m not sure if our current template would work for this group. The idea is to make a clean break between standby and off-duty time, right? If you give me a little more direction, I might be able to find something. Meanwhile, we’ll definitely create such a policy for HRI. But let’s see if we can address your situation right now. 

Glenn Demby Staff answered 3 months ago

Sorry, I didn’t see the second part of your question. BC employees don’t have disconnect rights but, absolutely YES, they do need to be aware of the disconnect rights of the Ontario employees and be cautioned not to seek to email or contact them during disconnect time. 

Seiko Harada replied 3 months ago

Thank you very much!