I'm an Australian, based in the Washington, DC, area, with extensive experience in the US, UK/Europe and Australia. I have also lectured in IT and Law related topics at King's College, London, and at The Australian National University.
"Always on": it can be hard to stop working, even if the law requires it
In an always-on culture, a smartphone can drive home the impact of being shut down. I thought this article from The Washington Post offered an interesting vignette of the current US Federal Government shutdown.