Recent news

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

China: Sichuan province implements the “paid care leave”

Sichuan province has now adopted a paid care leave system geared to employees who have to deal with aging parents …

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China: Rejecting the hiring of someone on gender, marriage, or childcare grounds will face a fine

Employers currently operating in Shenzhen’s Special Economic Zone now face the prospect of a fine of between RMB 3,000RMB (US$444) and RMB 30,000RMB (US$4,444) for rejecting the hiring of someone on gender, marriage, or childcare grounds …

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China: Regulation on human resources market released

This has the biggest employment market in the world with over 66 million jobs created in urban areas during the last five years …

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China: Chengdu applies to offer 144-hour visa-free transit

Back in February, we reported that the 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption was first introduced to three cities in East China’s Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang area, then the exemption was expanded to North China’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region …

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China: Special leave for female workers in Jiangsu

Now in Jiangsu province female workers may take special leave – paid at no less than 80% of the minimum wage in the province – if they can provide medical verification that they are subject to tocolytic therapy (the use of medications to prevent premature birth) during pregnancy …

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China: Dongguan’s incentives for establishing headquarters

New incentives to encourage companies to set up or relocate their headquarters to Dongguan – an industrial city in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province – have been recently announced …

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China: Upper limit and lower limit of the basic endowment insurance increased in Jiangsu

The upper limits of the basic private-sector employee endowment insurance in Jiangsu province has now increased from RMB 18171 (US$2,745) to RMB19935 (US$3,012) …

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China: Childbirth allowance in Shanxi increased

The Shanxi Provincial Government has increased the number of days during which childbirth allowance will be paid – from 90 to 98 days …

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China: Baidu sued former employee for breach of the competition agreement

A man is being sued by his former employer Baidu for RMB 1 million (US$151,073) …

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China: Draft to ease income tax by raising threshold

A recent amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law has been drafted …

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China: Unemployment insurance benefit increased in Shanxi province

The standard unemployment insurance benefit received by workers in Shanxi province has increased by 21% to 1,320RMB (US$206), which equals to 80% of the minimum wage in the province …

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China: #Metoo – not yet

There are several generalised laws forbidding harassment in the Chinese workplace – including the ‘Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women’ and the ‘Special Rules on the Labour Protection of Female Employees’ …

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China: Monthly basic old-age pension to enterprise retirees in Hunan province

According to latest statistics from the Social Security Management Service Bureau of Hunan Province, in 2017, the monthly basic old-age pension to enterprise retirees in Hunan province was 2,270 yuan (US$355) …

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China: Average yearly wage of workers in Beijing and Shanghai

According to latest figures from the Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureaux, in 2017, the average yearly wage of workers in Beijing was 101,599 yuan (US$15,867), and the average monthly wage was 8,467 yuan (US$1,322) …

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China: Unemployment insurance benefit increased in Guangdong province

The standard insurance benefit received by unemployed workers has increased from 80% to 90% of the minimum wage in Guangdong province …

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