When resorting to the legal system for protection, the

When resorting to the legal system for protection, the

re is a price to pay: time, money and the risk of losing your job. And as a result they took to cyberspace,” she said.

Employers are obliged to provide overtime pay, bonuses and welfare benefits to em

ployees working overtime. But many tech company employees said it was too much to hope for.

A senior developer with the e-commerce giant Alibaba,

who asked not to be named to protect his career, said employers seldom say the

schedule is compulsory, but failure to follow the rules could lead to low performance scores and layoffs.

“Defiant behavior can also lead to losing your annual bonus, which is a lot of money,” he said.

To better protect workers from harsh treatment, Jiang suggested th

at oversight should be beefed up, and systems for lodging complaints should be improved.

China’s Labor Law prescribes that the working hours of

an employee should not exceed an average of eight hours daily, or 44 hours a week.

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