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In Australia, a law on the right of an employee to ignore work calls and messages outside of work hours has been passed in the first reading.

In Australia, a bill was passed in the first reading, giving workers the right to ignore unfounded calls and messages from superiors during non-working hours. Also, according to the bill, the employer will not be able to apply penalties, and if the “right to disconnect” is violated, the employer may be fined himself. This law is designed to protect workers' rights and help restore work-life balance. Similar laws exist in France, Spain and other countries.

The new law is supported by the majority of senators in Australia. Labor Minister Tony Burke says the "right to switch off" bill would allow employees not to work overtime without extra pay. According to Burke, an employee who is not paid 24 hours a day should not be penalized for those 24 hours.

The new bill also includes other provisions, such as clearer guidelines for the transition from temporary to permanent work and minimum standards for temporary workers.

Australians work an average of six weeks of unpaid overtime every year, policymaker Adam Bandt has said. This period equates to approximately A$92 billion (about US$60.13 billion) of unpaid wages across the entire economy.

However, some politicians, employers and corporate executives have explained that they believe the “right to disconnect” law is overly restrictive, making the transition to flexible work impossible and affecting competition.

In Australia, a law on the right of an employee to ignore work calls and messages outside of work hours has been passed in the first reading.