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January-February 2013 China Bulletin

The Employment Contract Law (ECL) was revised on December 28, 2012, with effect from July 1, 2013, to restrict employers’ use of secondees, a widespread practice in China, by 1) clarifying that “temporary” means no more than six months, 2) limiting “substitute” secondments to periods of time when another employee is unable to work or is on leave, and 3) defining “auxiliary” to mean not engaged in the employer’s principal business (see June China Bulletin). As revised, the ECL now expressly states that the number of seconded employees an employer uses may not exceed a “certain percentage” of its total labor force. The specific percentage is not stated. Continue reading