Chinese Workers Believe Employers Are Violating Overtime Rules

September 3, 2012 | Print | Email Email | Comments | Category: Labor

Chinese hourly workers rank among the top globally for believing their employers have violated laws or rules governing overtime.

A new global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive looked at hourly wage workers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S.

The vast majority of hourly wage workers around the world said they are at least somewhat aware of the rules and laws governing overtime and compensation where they live: from a high of 96% in China to a low of 72% in Australia.

A majority in every region except the U.S. also believe their employers had at some point violated overtime rules with 88% high in China to 47% low in the U.S.

The survey also found that high numbers of hourly wage workers around the world are actually required by their employer to work overtime: more than half in India (68%), China (67%), and the U.K. (58%), and significant numbers in other regions as well: 37% in Australia, 35% in France, 33% in Brazil, 26% in the U.S., 24% in Mexico, and 20% in Canada.

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