Companies with 10 or more employees in Portugal now face fines if they call, text, zoom, or email their workers after normal office hours, thanks to a new law enacted there. The law was established to curb the burnout work-at-home employees are experiencing during the pandemic. "Under the new rules, employers could face penalties for contacting workers outside of office hours," reports Euronews. "Companies will also have to help pay for expenses incurred by remote working, such as higher electricity and internet bills… However, a proposal to include the so-called "right to disconnect" – the legal right to switch off work-related messages and devices outside office hours – was rejected by Portuguese MPs."
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Since I couldn't do any St. Patrick's Day shows last year thanks to that ongoing pandemic thing, so I spent my winter recording an album of Irish folk songs at home. It was a fun experiment, and people seemed to actually enjoy it. So I took another crack at it this year (with even better… READ THE REST
The comic book industry has always been a ripe place for exploitation, dating at least as far back as the earliest days of the superhero genre in the 60s. Creative workers who were brought on to write or draw seemingly-disposable pulp stories ended up accidentally setting new precedents in intellectual property rights when their creations… READ THE REST
There's a lot of reasons to buy a new smoking piece. Maybe you dropped your old one and that cool glass octopus build doesn't work so well when it's in a million pieces. Perhaps you're making the switch from rolling your own to something a little less cumbersome. Or maybe you just want an upgrade. Whatever… READ THE REST
From ensuring you have enough money for gas this week to keeping up with today's politics, life is far from easy. And everyday things like making dinner, commuting to work, and even lighting candles should be the least of your worries. But when it comes to reaching down into the jar of your favorite candle, unable to… READ THE REST
Gaming is something that most people can appreciate. Whether you're into the classics, a casual gamer, or a die-hard who plays all the time, there are many different ways to enjoy the hobby. But we think it's safe to say, novice or professional, we're all interested in how games even come to be. If you're fascinated by gaming… READ THE REST