In July the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress released draft amendments for China's Labor Law, what is the mainly concern of these amendments?
Q1: In July the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress released draft amendments for China's Labor Law, what is the mainly concern of these amendments?
A1: The amendments are concerned with the issues of outsourced workers, those which sign labor contracts with an employment agency which then send them to the client to perform the work.
Q2: What is the purpose of the amendments?
A2: The purposes of the Labor Law amendment is to further define outsourced labor and how it can be used, with the ultimate goal of protecting outsourced workers.
Q3: Which types of industry would like to use the outsourced workers?
A3: State owned enterprises in the petrochemical, telecommunication, finance and banking industries have the most outsourced workers, with public hospitals and universities utilizing a large portion as well.
Q4: What are the problems that the outsourced workers are facing to?
A4: They often do not see the same level of wages and benefits of those directly employed by companies. To that end, the draft stipulates that outsourced work is limited to three types: temporary, supportive/auxiliary, and substitute. Temporary positions refer to jobs that last for no longer than six months; supportive/auxiliary positions are those which provide supportive services to a company's main posts; and substitute positions refer to non-permanent vacancies left by regular workers who take leave from their jobs to take vacations or study full time.