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HP Tightens Employment Rules for Suppliers in China

Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest computer maker, tightened hiring rules for China suppliers two weeks after Apple Inc. said a labor agent in the country forged documents on behalf of underage workers.

Working hours for students must be lower than the legal limit and the total number of student workers must also be limited, HP said in a e-mailed statement yesterday, without providing more details. Suppliers must comply with the guidelines immediately, said the maker of Envy laptops.