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FLA finds serious labor law violations at Foxconn

The Fair Labor Association on Thursday reported that it found serious violations of Chinese labor laws during its inspections of Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing plants in various cities across China. The inspections, which were prompted by Apple after the company became the focus of renewed public outcry over the poor working conditions in plants that manufacture its iPad, iPhone and other devices, found that safety violations and illegal overtime were among the biggest issues at Focxonn’s facilities. “Apple and Foxconn are obviously the two biggest players in this sector and since they’re teaming up to drive this change, I really do think they set the bar for the rest of the sector,” FLA President Auret van Heerden told Reuters. Foxconn responded by saying it would hire tens of thousands of new workers, take a more proactive role in preventing employees from working illegal overtime and improve safety protocols in its factories.

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.