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Around the Web – China to change HR laws on “dispatched” workers

10 September 2012

In China, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has proposed new labour regulations, which will impact staffing firms and buyers in the country, Pacific Bridge writes.

Workers are currently “dispatched” or outsourced by staffing companies in order to keep costs down at the side of the employer. This could change in the future as laws are planned to restrict the use of such workers in the following cases only. 

Workers can be outsourced 1) if their employment does not exceed six months; or 2) if they are replacing employees on leave; or 3) if they are used to meet high demand.

This could lead to staffing buyers having to employ workers directly without the use of staffing firms. Particularly workers from abroad are likely to be affected and undergo stricter controls, such as having to provide biometric information.

The Ministry also plans to introduce a visa scheme to attract more talent from abroad. More information will be published later this year. The changes in the law are expected to be enforced in July 2013. 

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