Human Resources & Payroll

China Work Visa: Unified Work Permit Benefits Foreigners

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By Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Weining Hu

In an effort to attract more foreign talents, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) has quickened reform to make it easier for foreigners to apply for China’s work visa.

Effective on April 1, 2017, the SAFEA rolled out a unified work permit system nationwide that began to process applications both ‘foreign experts’ and ordinary foreign nationals, referred to as R visas and Z visas respectively.

The new system uses a points-based, three-tiered classification system to evaluate which candidates qualify for the work permit.

Compared with the old system, the new one requires fewer supporting application materials, provides a more transparent evaluation process, and shortens turnaround time.

Foreign applicants will benefit from this restructure of the foreign work permit system due to its simpler, clearer, and less time-consuming application process.

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Shanghai Revises Minimum Wage, Social Insurance Contribution Rates

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By Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Alexander Chipman Koty

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Human Resources & Social Security recently released its annual minimum wage adjustments for 2017, as well as the associated changes to employee benefits.

The adjustments, which came into effect on April 1, affect minimum wages, medical insurance, social insurance, pensions, and other forms of employee compensation.

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China’s Labor Law on Salary Reduction

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By Weining Hu

Unlike the US’ at-will employment system, China uses contract employment. This means employers must make formal written employment contracts with all of their full-time employees. Further, during any term of contract, employers can only terminate employees’ contracts under certain circumstances in accordance with China’s Labor Contract Law (LCL).

China is highly protective of employees’ employment rights. When it comes to salary reduction, employers will encounter many legal restraints when making a potential unilateral pay cut. Employers and HR managers should understand China’s regulatory details before making reduction in an employer’s remuneration, so that they can effectively avoid labor-related legal risks.

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Payroll Processing in China: Challenges and Solutions – New Issue of China Briefing Magazine

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Payroll Processing in China: Challenges and SolutionsThe latest issue of China Briefing Magazine, titled “Payroll Processing in China: Challenges and Solutions“, is out now and currently available to subscribers as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Publication Store.

Contents

  • Key Management Challenges for Payroll Processing in China
  • IT Solutions: Improving Efficiency, Accuracy and Transparency in Payroll Processing
  • Payroll Outsourcing: Allowing SMEs to Focus on Core Business Goals
  • China as a Payroll Processing Center for MNCs in Asia

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Shanghai Becomes First City in Mainland China to Grant Foreign Domestic Workers Residency

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By Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Alexander Chipman Koty

On March 31, Shanghai became the first city in mainland China to grant a residence permit to a foreign worker providing domestic services. The development is notable given the Chinese government’s usual reluctance to grant foreigners visas for unskilled labor, and reaffirms Shanghai’s status as the mainland’s most international city.

The first foreigner accorded the one-year permit was a maid from the Philippines, who was granted a visa to work for an American executive in Shanghai’s Pudong district. The Shanghai Entry-Exit Administration Bureau has now granted the permit to over 20 foreign domestic workers.

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Expecting in China: Employee Maternity Leave and Allowances

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By Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Weining Hu

The State Council released and implemented the Provisions on Female Labor Protection under Special Circumstances (State Council Decree No. 619) in 2012, which extended maternity leave for female employees in China to 14 weeks (98 days) from the previous 90 days-just meeting the minimum maternity leave stipulated by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

However, maternity leave in China can vary widely by location, especially in terms of ‘late maternity leave’ as determined by the local government. It can also be quite complex for an employer to calculate how much maternity leave and allowance that female employees are entitled to. In this article, we explain maternity and paternity leave in China and detail the payment of maternity allowances.
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Phishing in China: How To Protect Your Business

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By Zolzaya Erdenebileg and Weining Hu

In August 2016, Bank of China Hong Kong alerted its customers of a phishing scam targeting client bank account and card information. Using the domain, bochk.orbisfn.net, the phishing attack sent users to a fraudulent website designed to look similar to the official Bank of China Hong Kong online banking login page, and stole the information that was entered into the inputs. That same month, Hang Seng Bank issued a similar warning to its customers.

In recent years, phishing schemes have become a frequent headache for companies in China. According to a 2017 cybersecurity survey, security incidents in China and Hong Kong in 2016 increased by more than 900 percent year-on-year. Additionally, phishing attacks have become more sophisticated in how they elicit information.

As businesses transform and introduce more digital platforms to interact with clients, phishing risks have increased in tandem.

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Labor Markets in China’s Tech Cities: Shenzhen, Beijing, and Hangzhou

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By Alexander Chipman Koty

The competition to become “the Silicon Valley of Asia” is stiff. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangalore all have solid claims, while the mainland Chinese cities Shenzhen, Beijing, and Hangzhou are also strong competitors.

A recent report published by Renmin University’s National Survey Research Center replaces this hotly debated topic by dividing China’s innovative cities into three distinct tech business models: Shenzhen’s high-tech model, Beijing’s innovation-driven model, and Hangzhou’s dotcom model.

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