May 17-19, 2004

The purpose of the workshop was to bring top representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Society Security (MOLSS) and the State Council, directors of key provincial and municipal labor inspectorates, and Chinese labor lawyers and academics together with a team of American labor inspection specialists to discuss and comment on the new draft of the labor and social security inspection regulations. The draft regulations, scheduled for passage late 2004, were to provide guidance for the work of labor inspectors throughout China and would, for the very first time at the national level, establish a legal basis for the enforcement of standards in the areas of wage, hour, child labor, employer social insurance pay-in and other (non-safety and health) issues.

U.S.-China Labor Law Cooperation Project

U.S.-China Labor Law Cooperation Project

In 2002, a consortium that included the National Committee, The Asia Foundation, and Worldwide Strategies, Inc. was awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Department of Labor to run a set of programs to improve Chinese labor laws. The overall goals were to help strengthen the Chinese government's capacity to develop laws and regulations to implement internationally recognized standards of workers' rights, to promote greater awareness of labor law among Chinese workers and employers, to strengthen industrial relations, and to improve legal aid services to women and migrant workers. The National Committee's mandate was to work on legislative and labor inspection issues.

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