The smartphone has become an essential part of the Dutch streetscape…

The smartphone has become an essential part of the Dutch streetscape. It should, however, not become a constant factor; especially not in the professional environment. Recently, a Dutch judge ruled that the use of WhatsApp during working hours falls within the scope of the principle ‘no work, no pay’. In this case, the freshly-fired employee had sent no less than 1,255 amorous messages in half a year, which according to the Dutch court justified a deduction of a total of € 1500,- from the still-to-be-paid-out outstanding holiday entitlement. Therefore, think twice before you grab that phone from your desk.

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