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

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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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