Big Tech’s excessive 996 overwork culture in China is illegal without extra compensation, top court reminds employers


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