French now have the right to ignore company emails on their own time

❝ France employees are getting the legal right to avoid work emails outside working hours…The new law, which has been dubbed the “right to disconnect”, comes into force on 1 January.

Companies with more than 50 workers will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours when staff are not supposed to send or answer emails…

❝ The measure is part of a set of labour laws introduced in May…It was the only one of the laws – which also made it easier for firms to hire and fire employees – that did not generate widespread protest and strikes.

I’ll second that emotion. For most occupations, companies requiring email attention on your own time are folks I wouldn’t recommend working for.

Yes, there are exceptions. That’s not what this is about.

The Decline and Fall of the Capitalist Empire, Part Two: CEO gets $4 million to cutback personal use of corporate jet!

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The chief executive of Abercrombie & Fitch is being paid $4 million to curb his personal use of the company plane. Michael Jeffries previously had unlimited use of the firm’s aircraft.

In 2008, his personal use incurred costs of $1.1 million. Now, if he exceeds $200,000 a year he must reimburse the teen retailer.

Mr Jeffries would also have to pay some of the $4 million back if he were to leave the company without “good reason” before his contract runs out in February 2014.

Mr Jeffries’ personal use of the plane averaged about $850,000 a year between 2006 and 2008, according to previous company regulatory filings.

The “let ’em eat cake” mentality of our corporate overseers seems boundless.

Our most notorious politicians ape teabagger slogans to claim leadership of current populist hypocrisy – then play kissy-kissy with lobbyists representing the same corporate slugs as soon as legislation with any potential of affecting profits tries to sneak under the door of Congress – or Parliament.

I admit, sometimes, I’m in a quandary over who deserves the most contempt. Corporate leeches, political lackeys – or the ignorant fools who re-elect the political crud running our nation on the basis of 18th-Century religious slogans.

Michael Steele says nothing wrong with funneling bucks to sister

Michael Steele, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday that claims he made inappropriate payments to his sister’s company for work never performed were untrue and made by a felon trying to get a reduced sentence.

Uh, the felon was his finance chairman.

Steele paid more than $37,000 to a Maryland company run by his sister, Monica Turner, for work related to his unsuccessful 2006 Senate campaign. If she was not reimbursed, both he and his sister would be violating campaign finance laws, said Steele.

“It was a legitimate reimbursement of expenses,” Steele said on ABC’s “This Week.”

The “reimbursement” was over a year after she shut down the company.

In addition to the payment to Steele’s sister, Fabian alleged that the candidate used money from his state campaign improperly, that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed, and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization.

If this is how Steele revives the Republican Party – the only portion I see with extra vitamins is the part that lives off cronyism.