China's Ministry of Labor
and Social Security has required all employees, especially rural
migrant workers, to register their employment contracts with labor
and social security departments above county level starting from
It is estimated that 45 million rural laborers will
migrate to urban districts from 2006 to 2010. Many are not
guaranteed basic social insurance for unemployment, old age and
The move is intended to prevent illegal employment and
better protect the legitimate interests of employees.
By the end of 2008, a registry system covering
provinces, cities and counties would be established while a job
database would be built to facilitate labor information exchange,
said a statement from the ministry.
The notice required employers to register all their
employment contracts with local authorities.
"The registration must be completed within 30 days
from the date that labor contracts are signed or renewed. If
contracts are terminated or removed, registration must be done
within seven days," it said.
Employers who fail to register or who file false
information will face prosecution, the notice warned.
(Xinhua News Agency January 13, 2007)