Tencent headquarters in the China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen. The company’s game developer Lightspeed & Quantum Studios announced in June that it would require employees to leave the office by 6pm one day per week, a retreat from the 996 work schedule that has become common in the industry. Photo: Handout
Tencent headquarters in the China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen. The company’s game developer Lightspeed & Quantum Studios announced in June that it would require employees to leave the office by 6pm one day per week, a retreat from the 996 work schedule that has become common in the industry. Photo: Handout
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Big Tech’s excessive 996 overwork culture in China is illegal without extra compensation, top court reminds employers

  • The Supreme People’s Court highlighted a case involving 12-hour shifts, six days a week, found to violate Chinese law in a warning to employers
  • The so-called 996 schedule has been a common but controversial feature of China’s tech sector, resulting in the death of employees in extreme cases

Tencent headquarters in the China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen. The company’s game developer Lightspeed & Quantum Studios announced in June that it would require employees to leave the office by 6pm one day per week, a retreat from the 996 work schedule that has become common in the industry. Photo: Handout
Tencent headquarters in the China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen. The company’s game developer Lightspeed & Quantum Studios announced in June that it would require employees to leave the office by 6pm one day per week, a retreat from the 996 work schedule that has become common in the industry. Photo: Handout
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