The Supreme People’s Court has ruled the much-reviled “996” 72-hour work week illegal. The January death of a 22-year-old Pinduoduo employee after working a late shift focused public anger on 996 overtime culture,...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 2, 2016
Amid an economic downturn and a plan to streamline the state-owned sector, the Chinese government...
by Liu Yong | Sep 6, 2008
From Caijing Magazine: Eight economists were invited by Premier Wen Jiabao and the State Council to a closed-door meeting between July 8 and 11 on China’s macroeconomic conditions and employment outlook. Cai Fang, director for...
by Michael Zhao | Apr 14, 2008
China’s new labor law is translating into higher costs, not just for mainland employers but also for products destined for the US marketplace. From the Washington Post: Wei Hoqiang used to work in a toy factory that forced...
by Xiao Qiang | Jan 14, 2008
From Forbes: China’s new employment law effective Jan. 1 attempts to provide greater protection and benefits for more workers. But what we are already seeing is the creativity of employers to find ways to circumvent the new rules to avoid being saddled with higher costs. Over the last 12 years, in an avalanche of economic […]
by Sophia Cao | Jan 6, 2008
From AFP: Two landmark laws that have just gone into effect in China look to drastically alter the business environment, but the reality may turn out to be different, analysts said. In booming, chaotic China, enforcement of any law can be weak or non-existent, and the impacts of the new ones that aim to equalise […]
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 31, 2007
From Xinhua, via China Daily: Will China’s new labor contract law mean a better image and a move up the industrial ladder? Or will it push up wages and erode the country’s competitive advantage? And among these possible outcomes, which matters more? It depends on who you ask. Zhao Yumin, an expert with the Chinese […]
by Sophie Beach | Dec 27, 2007
The soon-to-be-enforced labor law is not just a hot topic of discussion, but is also a source of some bloody contention. We get a glimpse of the debate here, from the Los Angeles Times: Starting Jan. 1, workers nationwide will gain new rights, especially when it comes to long-term job security. Employees with 10 straight […]
by Kate Zhao | Dec 19, 2007
The Guardian looks at how China’s new labor law will affect foreign corporations working in the country: A new labour contract law will push up business costs in China next year and could force firms that are already struggling with rising expenses to shift production inland or out of China altogether. The law will increase […]
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 14, 2007
From Shanghai Daily: The benefits of the new Labor Contract Law, which takes effect January 1 next year, have been exaggerated. Many people have the illusion that the new law will entitle all workers to an “iron rice bowl” – a permanent job. What causes the misunderstanding is the article concerning open-ended employment contracts. [Full […]
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