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Last updated at 16:57 BST, Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Hanging up on work


Report and vocabulary


When is our time our own and when does it belong to the company?

We all love to keep in touch using the latest gadgets. But the stream of phone calls and emails when you've left the office can make out-of-hours time seem like you're still on duty.

The German government has decided to tackle the issue. It's laying down rules on when companies can and can't contact their employees.

to keep in touch

to communicate with someone


after the normal timetable ends

on duty


to tackle

to deal with

laying down

establishing rules officially


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

to keep in touch / out-of-hours / on duty / to tackle / laying down

1. Governor Alckmin announced on Tuesday that 390 extra policemen will join some 3,500 officers already ______. Almost 300 extra patrol vehicles will also be deployed in the streets of Sao Paulo.

2. If countries like Yemen are __________ their water shortages they will need more skill in politics than in cloud-seeding.

3. If you prefer _______ via social media for more on-the-ground, unofficial coverage, there is no shortage of people covering and following proceedings on Twitter.

4. "We are in the process of building safeguards against any misuse of this data. Nadra is run by a board of directors who are answerable to parliamentary standing committees. But we understand that this is not enough, so we are now drafting a piece of legislation _______ a set of legal safeguards."

5. Systems for picking up patterns of unusual symptoms have been expanded to include a wider range of NHS sources, including _______ and hospital emergency departments.




How did you do?


on duty


to tackle


to keep in touch


laying down