The bill would make businesses come up with hours during which employees cannot check or send emails.
And it comes as workers are finding it increasingly difficult to detach themselves from work, Socialist MP Benoit Hamon told BBC News.
“Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work,” he said.
“They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash — like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”
A 2015 study from the Center for Creative Leadership, an executive education firm, Center for Creative Leadershipfound that employees who use smartphones end up working as much as 13.5 hours every day — and as many as 72 hours every week when you include weekends.
The research also found that people are only spending about three hours every day on activities such as working out and family time.
But subjects in that study didn’t blame technology for their extra work hours — they blamed their employers’ lousy time and people management.
“While technology may be a logical scapegoat, it is actually just a new-age mask for an age-old problem: poor management and poor leadership,” the report said.