Labour Rights Protection of Foreign Employees in China
Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 28, 2020, 122-137
27 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2020 Last revised: 22 Jul 2021
Date Written: December 20, 2019
This study discovered considerable differences of levels of protection provided by Chinese courts to foreign nationals in labour disputes. In general, courts in Beijing and Guangzhou extended significantly better legal protection to foreign employees than courts in Shanghai. Both groups, foreign employees with and without a valid work permit, do not receive the same level of labour rights protection as Chinese nationals. The legislative framework that governs employment relations between local employers and foreign employees is still based on the assumption that foreign employees do not need comprehensive statutory protections of labour rights. International law that aims at protecting migrant workers acknowledges the equal treatment of nationals and non-nationals with regard of the protection against unjustified dismissal as a minimum standard. The Chinese legislator should consider bringing the current legislation in conformity with international standards.
Keywords: Foreign employees, Chinese labour law, dismissal
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