Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to China as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Macau: Employees with disabilities to get income subsidy

A new Income Subsidy Plan for Employees with Disabilities (39/2020) has just been introduced …

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China: Nursing insurance premium

With effect from 1st October 2021, a long-term nursing insurance premium will be levied in Shenzhen, a major coastal city in the south of Guangdong Province popular with foreign companies …

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China: Special support plan for the stabilization and expansion of jobs

Employers in Shanghai are now entitled to a RMB300 (US$46) training subsidy for every new employee they recruit from four types of personnel, namely “individuals with employment difficulties, unemployed family members, college graduates within two years of graduation and other registered unemployed persons” …

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China: Service sector recovery strengthens in October, hiring picks up

Confidence in the service sector, as reflected in the PMI index, rose to 56 …

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China: Digital yuan tests leap forward in Shenzhen

The People’s Bank of China is backing a new law to introduce the digital yuan and ban other forms of digital currency …

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China: Government beefs up laws to handle epidemics, protect whistleblowers

The country’s top legislative body has just passed a new biosecurity law to protect whistleblowing when information about public health emergencies is disclosed …

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China: Government passes new law restricting sensitive exports

Local and foreign-owned employers need to have in place a body of internal regulations that clearly place accountability for corporate contraventions on specified senior employees …

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China: Xiaomi vice president ordered to pay RMB 5.25 million to Lenovo for violation of non-compete agreement

A former Lenovo vice-president left the company for “family reasons” in December 2019 …

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China: Compulsory apportionment

Reports in the publication “Southern Industry News” have recently examined what they identify as an increasing problem of companies introducing “compulsory apportionment”, i …

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China: Workplace relocation

A recently reported court case deals with the situation where an employer changed an employee’s workplace and thus extended their commuting time …

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China: ByteDance gives bonuses to staff after TikTok turbulence

Full-time employees in ByteDance (a Chinese multinational internet technology company and owner of TikTok) who have worked for 26 or more working days between July to August 2020 will receive a special bonus amounting to half of their August 2020 base salary …

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China: New Civil Code cracks down on sexual harassment

Employers are gradually taking stock of China’s new Civil Code, especially Article 1010 that concerns “harassment” …

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China: One-off maternity payment in Hunan province

Unemployed female employees receiving state insurance benefits in Hunan province now qualify for a one-off maternity payment (3,548 yuan/US$518) from the Maternity Insurance Fund after they give birth …

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China: Draft Data Security Law

The public consultation period for the Draft Data Security Law will end on 16th August 2020 …

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China: Airlines plug ‘all you can fly’ deals to pierce coronavirus clouds

The Chinese airline industry is now seeking to stimulate a recovery of demand through cheap “go-as-you-like” fares giving unlimited travel for a month or more …

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