A snapshot of Chinese employment law

How the law governs the employment relationship in the world’s most populous country
By Jenny Yan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2006

The current employment law in China is mainly regulated by the PRC Employment Law (PEL), which took effect in 1995. Local governments make regulations based on their area’s local policies. However, all regulations are guided by the PEL and are void if they conflict with it.

The PEL has 13 chapters, which cover almost all aspects of employment relationships such as working hours, holidays, salary, health and safety, training, social insurance and welfare, disputes and discrimination on grounds of race, sex, disability and age.

Here’s a look at some of the main provisions.