Chinese officials say the overtime ‘996’ policy is illegal.

SHANGHAI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – China’s Supreme People’s Court has ruled that the overtime practice of “996”, working from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, is illegal, aimed at a controversial policy that many Common in Chinese technology firms.

China’s Supreme Court and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Thursday published instructions and examples of overtime work, saying they were focusing on the issue because it had recently received widespread attention. ۔

Although authorities used a case involving a parcel delivery company to explain why “996” is illegal, working at such times has become an honor for some Chinese companies and employees.

A man talks on a cell phone as he watches the Shanghai Skyline on September 4, 2014. Reuters / Carlos Baria

Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz, like Silicon Valley heavyweights, has highlighted this as a competitive advantage that benefited the country more than the United States.

But in 2019, a backlash erupted, sparking a public debate about working hours in China’s tech industry.

Last month, TuckTalk owner Byte Dance said Friday that it would formally end its weekend overtime policy from August 1. Its short video rival Kwashu (1024.HK) similarly Two weeks after the verdict was announced. Read more

Criticism of the court and the ministry’s “996” also came at a time when there was widespread regulatory crackdown on the country’s technology companies, led by Beijing, which ranged from monopolistic behavior to consumer rights issues.

Editing by Michael Perry Reporting by Brenda Goh

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