China’s Workers And The Law:
What Is Happening On The Ground?
Ten years ago, China implemented highly controversial new legislation, the Labour Contract Law, designed to protect workers and codify the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. A decade on, the speakers assessed the impact of the law on both the business community and China’s workers. Was the law a success or a failure and had to be amended again to adapt to China’s rapidly changing labour market?
Geoffrey Crothall has worked for the last ten years at China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based organization dedicated to supporting the workers’ movement in China. He currently serves as the group’s Communications Director. Mr Crothall first lived in China in 1984 and was the South China Morning Post’s Beijing correspondent from 1991 to 1996.
Jonathan Isaacs heads Baker McKenzie’s China Employment Practice. He has co-authored the leading treatise on Chinese employment law in English and has shared his insights on labor and employment issues with e.g. The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fortune Magazine. He is admitted as a lawyer in New York State.
Speaker: Geoffrey Crothall, Communications Director, China Labour Bulletin; Jonathan Isaacs, Head, China Employment Practice, Baker McKenzie,
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