Recent news

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

China: Hunan encourages enterprises to implement work-based training

SMEs in Hunan province that are carrying out work-based training for employees may now apply for a subsidy of 500 yuan (US$71) per employee per month for up to 6 months …

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China: Yangtze delta zone to speed up permits for foreigners

Foreign applicants will now enjoy quicker approval of work and residence permits in the Yangtze River Delta economic zone – by submitting the necessary documents at one single administrative window …

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China: Lost of working time due to courageous acts shall be deemed as attendance

Employees in Guangzhou, the capital and most populous city of the province of Guangdong, who are injured due to their own “courageous acts”, are entitled to work-related injury insurance benefits …

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China: Employers in Fujian may get a subsidy of 10,000 yuan for recruiting senior technicians from Taiwan

Employers in Fujian, a southeastern Chinese province, may now apply for a one-off subsidy of no less than 10,000 yuan (US$1,417) for each skilled Taiwanese worker they have hired, provided those workers are on the “urgent need profession list” and have a prior work experience period of more than 6 months …

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China (Macau): Minimum wage bill to be in effect on November 1, 2020

With effect from the 1st of November 2020, all employees in the private sector – except disabled workers – will be covered by a statutory minimum wage of 32 patacas (US$4) per hour in Macau, the former Portuguese colony off the south coast of China …

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China: Unemployment insurance benefit increased in Wuhan

The standard monthly unemployment insurance benefit received by workers in Wuhan, has now increased to 90% of the minimum wage in the province …

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China: 6 regions lift minimum wages above 2,000 yuan

Six provincial-level regions in China have lifted their minimum monthly wage rates above 2,000 yuan ($283) with effect from late March 2020 …

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China: Flexible work policies push consumption

Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, is implementing a two-and-a-half-day weekend in a bid to stimulate consumer spending in the wake of the pandemic disease …

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China: Labor union dues already paid by small and micro-sized enterprises will be refunded in Guizhou

The union funds already paid by small and micro enterprises in Guizhou Province will be fully refunded this year …

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China: Use of electronic signatures under the E-signature Law

During the crisis, those recently joining a company have often not been able to physically sign two copies of their contract, as required by law …

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China: Labour Day holidays 2020

The Labour Day holidays in China will run from the 1st of May until the 5th of May 2020 …

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China: Employment incentives

Government health restrictions in Hubei province, the most badly affected province during the pandemic, have now been lifted completely …

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China: Support to firms to ensure employment

To mitigate the COVID-19 impact on employment, the Chinese Cabinet has announced that SME’s with few or zero layoffs could be granted a rebate of up to 100% of the unemployment insurance premiums they paid in the previous year …

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China: Maternity allowance of not less than 128 days in Fujian

In Fujian, a southeastern province, with effect from May 1st 2020, paid maternity leave allowance will rise from 98 days to not less than 128 days …

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China: The worst is behind China

The Financial Times newspaper has constructed its own index of the Chinese economy and tracked it since the start of 2020 …

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