October 25, 2012
Labor Laws and Labor Trouble Countermeasures in China
Presented by
Representative Attorney Kenji Kuroda
Hosted by
SMBC Consulting
SMBC Yaesu Hall

Seminar outline

About 4½ years have passed since the enactment of the Labor Agreements Law in China. Initially, due in part to the vocal broadcasting of the protection of workers’ rights in the Chinese media, workers asserted a range of rights and labor relations problems between workers and management were widespread. General managers and human resources officers from many local companies complained that frequent labor troubles meant that their businesses could not function. Nevertheless, the promulgation of related notices and decisions by courts brought stability to the interpretation of the Labor Agreements Law and other labor laws, which led to a decline in unreasonable demands from workers.
However, with Japanese businesses relying increasingly on China, labor issues with employees remain a major topic for Japanese businesses and local Japanese-owned businesses. Further, the risk of strikes in factories has increased recently as a labor problem that will affect the operational activities of the head office, and it is becoming more difficult for labor problems in China to be dismissed as a human resources issue to be resolved by the local company. What is more, while they may not involve labor agreements, industrial accidents affecting employees also arise as an issue that frequently occurs in local companies.
Therefore, this seminar explains labor issue case examples that commonly occur in China and the risk of strikes in China, focussing on the Labor Agreements Law, and discusses case examples of industrial accidents that have occurred in local companies. There have also been active movements towards amendments of the Labor Agreements Law in China, and founding partner Kenji Kuroda will introduce trends in these amendments as appropriate.