Preserving Sanity in a Digital World: The Legal Imperative to the Right to Disconnect

  • Swarnali Das
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  • Swarnali Das

    Pursued LL.M. from Indian Institute of Legal Studies, Siliguri, India

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With globalization and its force coming into play, the work-life balance has been more affected as professional life started to overlap with personal life. This results in elevated level of stress and work-related burnout among the employees. The Right to Disconnect comes to the surface as a direct response to this occurrence falling into place to deduce a line between work and leisure. This reading presents an in-depth view of the problems related to the deterioration of the work-life balance, while looking back at the historical roots of the overwork attitude. Besides this, the paper aims to describe the international laws and the best practices from multiple countries to give us a better understanding of how work-life balance is maintained in other cultures. It goes into the historical background of work-life balance legislations and draw on the articulation of historical evolution principles and the industrial revolution as a catalyst to the current revolution work-place. This paper presents a complete study of the changing opinions towards the balance of work and life issues and the rising calls for the ‘right to disconnect’ in the Indian context. It provides an insight into the provisions and implications of the Right to disconnect Bill unlike 2018 that was introduced in the Indian Parliament. Further, it explores the advantages as well as the possible disadvantages of this significant bill. Through due consideration of both demand and the happiness of job owners, India is well placed to show the way for a sustainable, enjoyable work culture, where productivity and personal achievement can be found in a harmonious combination.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, Page 1980 - 1989


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