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Chinas Wage and Hour Laws: New Rules Governing Minimum Wages

May 14, 2004

By Lin Huawei, Michael Downey and Stephen Sonnenberg

In March 2004, the Rules for Minimum Wages took effect in The Peoples’ Republic of China. More than a decade after China first imposed minimum wage requirements, the 2004 Rules significantly expand protection for workers. The Rules now afford protection to migrant and part-time workers, and identify with greater specificity the classes of employers and types of work subject to minimum wage regulations.