China Matters: The New Social Insurance Law and Its Implementing Regulations Mandates Enrollment for Foreigners in China
By Lesli Ligorner, Gordon Feng & Qian Nie
On July 1, 2011 the PRC Social Insurance Law, issued by the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (SIL), took effect and established the first national, basic social insurance framework for employees across the PRC. The SIL requires that employers enroll each employee in five insurance programs the pension, medical, work-related injury, unemployment and maternity insurance programs.
One of the most controversial aspects of the SIL is the purported mandatory inclusion in the social insurance system of expatriates. Before the SIL, PRC law did not mandate that any foreigners to enroll in its social insurance system.