Employers may extend working hours after consult

ation with an employee, but shall not exceed three hours a day or 36 hours a month.

The 996 work schedule, however, can easily ratchet up weekly work to 60 hours.

Jiang said tech firms represent the country’s most advanced productive force and s

hould have the wisdom to adopt a more effective way to improve productivity.

Zhao Wei, an industrial sociology professor at Beijing

Normal University, said the new industries led by internet companies

have revolutionized how workloads are calculated, thus dimming the distinction of working overtime.

“Labor laws should be revised with new industries in m

ind-which in today’s case is the information industry,” she said.