May 17-18, 2007

It was felt that three years after the Qingdao workshop, and toward the end of the overall project, was a good time to examine the implementation of the Regulations, share best practices, and explore training and other important topics to meet the future challenges in this area. To that end, a workshop on labor inspection was held in Shanghai, May 17-18, 2007.

The workshop brought together senior officials and labor inspectors from 20 provincial and municipal labor inspection teams throughout the country. Also in attendance were senior officials from MOLSS, including the director general of the Department of Legal Affairs, which supervises the work of labor inspection at the national level. Two American experts, four Chinese labor law experts, and an observer from the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai provided comparative perspective and intellectual depth to the discussions.

The workshop covered such topics as the development of institutions for labor inspection and the challenges faced by the authorities, relevant legal frameworks and the laws’ implementation, practices of labor law enforcement and case management, and the management and training of labor inspectors. Under each topic, Chinese and American presenters first shared the experiences in their respective countries and/or areas, and then engaged the participants in questions and answers and discussion.

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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