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Regulators fine Qunar for asking staff to work overtime

Chinese online travel service provider Qunar has been hit with a RMB 3,250 ($513) fine by the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau for requiring employees to work during official holidays, in the latest in a series of overwork scandals to hit Chinese tech companies. Qunar explained in a Monday response that it had obtained employee consent for the extra shifts which it said were necessary to address surging customer services demands during the pandemic. Chinese authorities rarely issue fines related to overwork, although the practice has drawn wide public ire following employee deaths at e-commerce giant Pinduoduo and streaming site Bilibili. [Sina, in Chinese]