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New Labor Laws In China for 2004: Increased Focus on Work-Related Injury and Illness

December 12, 2003

By Huawei Lin, Zhang Li and Stephen Sonnenberg

With the rapid development of the People’s Republic of China’s economy and the virtual explosion of its manufacturing sector, work-related injuries and illness have gained increased attention inside and outside the PRC. Not surprisingly, one of the most important new labor laws at the central government level in 2003 was the Regulations on Insurance for Work-related Injury promulgated by the State Council on April 27, 2003. Coupled with four ministerial decrees issued by The Ministry of Labor and Social Security in 2003, the Work-related Injury Regulations afford PRC employees increased protection from work related injury and illness.

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