247 The world’s strangest work laws


A law that requires children to help with household chores and respect their parents? In Spain, it could become reality.

A draft law set before Parliament last month would mandate just that. Extreme? Perhaps. But it’s doubtful many parents complaining ? and it might not be so far-fetched. After all, Spain’s husbands already have legal obligations to do chores and help with childcare.

I – Word Understanding
draft law – a proposed law for discussion and approval
far-fetched – not likely to happen

II – Have Your Say
Here’s a closer look at some other surprising work?related rules and norms that have come into force around the globe in the last few years:
1. At the end of March, Germany’s labour ministry enacted a measure banning its managers from contacting staff outside work hours, except under “exceptional circumstances,” which was understood to be
emergencies. The reasoning was that employees should protect themselves against “self-exploitation.”
2. In an effort to preserve the health of its overwhelmingly greying populace, Japan enacted law in 2008 that set a maximum waistline size for everyone aged 40-75.
3. France – news broke last month about new legislation purportedly banning work-related email after 18:00.
4. The US does not have any mandated paid time off and that’s very different from the rest of the world,

247 The world’s strangest work laws