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Working Hours Reduced at Apple Supplier's Chinese Factories, But Still Exceed Legal Limit, Report Finds

Employees at the Chinese factories of Apple supplier Foxconn continue to work beyond the country's legal limit of 49 hours a week, according to a report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA). But the Taiwanese manufacturer is making overall steady progress in improving the working conditions at a select group of factories in China, it said.

Working Hours Reduced at Apple Supplier's Chinese Factories, But Still Exceed Legal Limit, Report Finds

The report released is the latest audit from the FLA, which has been tasked by Apple to monitor the working conditions at three Foxconn factories in the Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Chengdu that produce iPad and iPhone products. Since the initial audits were carried out in February last year, the factories have instituted new changes, including enforcing breaks for workers and stopping student interns from logging overtime hours.

Foxconn has made "significant progress" in reducing employee working time to 60 hours per week, or what Apple demands in its own labor code, according to the audit. Workers at two of the three factories in China logged between 40 and 60 hours per week. At the other factory, the working time for employees was largely the same, except for three weeks in September and October, where the hours ranged between 40 and 70 per week.

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The report released is the latest audit from the FLA, which has been tasked by Apple to monitor the working conditions at three Foxconn factories in the Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Chengdu that produce iPad and iPhone products. Since the initial audits were carried out in February last year, the factories have instituted new changes, including enforcing breaks for workers and stopping student interns from logging overtime hours.

Foxconn has made "significant progress" in reducing employee working time to 60 hours per week, or what Apple demands in its own labor code, according to the audit. Workers at two of the three factories in China logged between 40 and 60 hours per week. At the other factory, the working time for employees was largely the same, except for three weeks in September and October, where the hours ranged between 40 and 70 per week.

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Working Hours Reduced at Apple Supplier's Chinese Factories, But Still Exceed Legal Limit, Report Finds