- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - Technology that once promised freedom from the office has instead become a ball and chain in its own right. It’s blurred the lines between work hours and, well, any other hours.

A New York City Council member wants to put a stop to that.

Rafael Espinal has proposed legislation that would bar employers from requiring employees to check and respond to non-emergency emails, texts and other electronic communications sent outside of regular work hours, or retaliating against them if they didn’t.

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The recently introduced legislation is only in the beginning stages, with initial committee hearings expected sometime in June.

Doubters wonder how it could work, especially in always-buzzing New York City.

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