Labour rights protection of foreign employees in China

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June 3, 2019


Björn Ahl, Pilar-Paz Czoske and Cui Xu


This article studies the differences of levels of protection provided by Chinese courts to foreign nationals in labour disputes. The research finds that courts in Beijing and Guangzhou extended significantly better legal protection to foreign employees than courts in Shanghai. However, foreign employees with and without a valid work permit, do not receive the same level of labour rights protection as Chinese nationals. The authors conclude that th legislative framework that governs employment relations between local employers and foreign employees based on the assumption that foreign employees do not need comprehensive statutory protections of labour rights.


Law | Policy

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