The “Right to Disconnect” is already the Law in Costa Rica! After the end of the workday, teleworkers may refuse to answer emails, text messages, or phone calls or respond to any other means of communication related to the work environment. The aforementioned was established to guarantee the respect for the times of rest and family space of the workers.
On April 25, the reform to article 9 of Law No. 9738 to Regulate Telework came into force. Article 9 states:
Article 9 – Obligations of teleworkers:
“Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding paragraph and to guarantee respect for their rest time, vacations, permits, and their personal and family privacy, the teleworker will have the right to digital disconnection outside of the established working day or schedule, except in the case of unforeseen and urgent situations, in which consent must be stated.”