China: New Laws Protect the Rights of Flexible Workers

China is implementing new laws to protect workers, following a 7.7% increase in flexible employment over the past year. The government plans to boost the flexible workforce, which currently stands at over 200 million workers across the country, create new jobs and increase income for workers.

The laws will come with various updates for different sectors. These changes include providing occupational injury insurance for flexible workers, developing training models for in-demand forms of employment and applying worker representative feedback to new rules and regulations. Multiple forms of labor relations will be established to help protect workers’ rights and interests during the transition.

Takeaway: Employers leveraging flexible workers in China, including contractors and those engaged through outsourced services, should stay informed of evolving rules as they are developed and implemented. A talent solutions partner can provide a valuable perspective to help avoid conflict with new regulations.

North America

US: Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employment Regulation

US: New York City Fair Chance Act Amendments in Effect

US: California’s Prop 22 Worker Classification Law Struck Down

Canada: Pay Equity Act Aims to Close Gender Gap in the Workforce


UK: Flexible Working Model Will Not Apply to Financial Services

UK: Umbrella Company Update: New Government Proposals Amid Calls for Total Ban

UK: Single Worker Status Proposed by Labour Party

EU: Whistleblower Protection Directive Laws Coming Late 2021


Australia: Surprise Ruling Strengthens Employers’ Say in Casual Worker Classifications

India: Companies Advised to Build Comprehensive Work-From-Home Policies

Singapore: Government Commits to Supporting Women’s Equality in the Workforce

This update contains general information only, and AGS is not rendering legal advice. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult qualified legal counsel. AGS shall not be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person or company who relies on this update.