Mar. 27 – Social security in China is a complex topic because although it is based upon guidelines issued by the central government, the specifics and administration of the system is managed at the local level. This is the only practical method in a country as diverse as China, as any rigid system defining specific […]
Suzhou announced the “Circular on Improving Foreign Employees’ Participation in Social Insurance Program in Suzhou (surenbaogui  No.1),” detailing specific measures regarding foreigners’ participation in the city’s social insurance system.
It seems likely that this coming Christmas will see the end of many China expatriates’ careers in China. Nervous of the recently introduced, and fairly high, mandatory social welfare contributions for foreigners, employers are cutting back on non-essential foreigners, and localizing these positions. However, if returning home isn’t either a viable or interesting option, the good news is that there are plenty of other opportunities elsewhere in Asia.
The cap on the amounts paid as contributions to social welfare funds by employers on behalf of their workforce may be removed, if recent policies enacted in Dalian are to be implemented nationally.
Oct. 17 – Although the government has yet to release the full implementation rules for the inclusion of expatriates into China’s social welfare scheme, there have been a number of pointers issued by various government departments as to likely ways in which this could be resolved. Beijing FESCO, for example, has released information suggesting that […]
By Adam Livermore Oct. 7 – As experienced China-watchers will be aware, the real challenge for the Chinese government comes in implementation of laws. The new Social Insurance Law and the inclusion of foreigners in the country’s social insurance system is no exception. Although the law was promulgated in October 2010 and actually came into […]
This edition of China Briefing will summarize some of the key points in the newly implemented Social Insurance Law, which covers a great deal more than just incorporating foreigners into the system. We will go on to explain the costs and benefits of participation by foreign employees to both companies and individuals. Finally, we will then proceed to take a look at some of the trends across the country relating to the implementation of the law. As with many regulatory matters in China, implementation is by no means uniform nationwide.