Sunday, September 05, 2021

#CHINA: Supreme Court Rules 72-Hour Work Week Illegal

[world politics news]

The Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security have both announced in a statement that it is illegal to force employees to work 12 hours a day (from 9 am to 9 pm) for six days a week, a practice known as “996."

Common in tech, logistics and other related industries, the practice has reportedly resulted in several workers’ deaths in recent years.

The memo reminded employers to follow the national regime for working hours as overtime can “easily lead to labor disputes, impact the worker-employer relationship and social stability.”

The court stated, “Legally, workers have the right to corresponding compensation and rest times or holidays.”


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