Blackberry servers will be set up so that emails stop 30 minutes after a shift ends and do not restart until 30 minutes before the next one begins.
One does wonder how effective this will be in allowing people to have uninterrupted "me time" if their Line Manager has their mobile phone number.
This follows on from another BBC report which suggested that only 34% of employees were not intending to check their work emails from home over Christmas.
Whilst modern technology does offer people the flexibility to work from home the "flip side" of this is that it can lead to a situation where the boundary between work life and home life is blurred or disappeared and management and clients/customers expect an employee to be available 24/7, 365 days a year.
If someone is expected to be available to deal with work outside of normal office hours this has potential to give rise to disputes over holiday entitlement, whether the 48-hour maximum working week is being exceeded and even whether someone's pay equates to an hourly rate below the National Minimum Wage. Being bombarded with work outside of normal hours could also lead to constructive dismissal or workplace stress claims.
There will of course be some jobs where people have to be contactable in emergencies (but even then there will probably be few cases where it needs to be the same person who is available all the time) but in most cases there is a lot to be said for ensuring that employees are not expected to check their emails at ungodly hours, or are even positively discouraged from doing so for the sake of their quality of life.