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Collecting and compliance with the legislation timely are keys to supply chain assessment.  Thereby, the relative updates will be displayed as below.  Minimum wage is always one of the prevailing topics.  Since 2017, minimum wages standard has been raised in 5 provinces and cities. In addition, there are updates on Notice on Interim Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate Reduction Related Issues, Regulation on Population and Family Planning in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and etc.

1. The standard of minimum wages has been raised in five provinces and cities.
Since 2017 year, the minimum wage standard has been successively raised in Shaanxi, Shanghai, Fujian, Shenzhen and Shandong.  After adjustment, Shanghai has the highest monthly minimum wage with CNY2300 in China. For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map (link to: http://www.sgsgroup.com.hk/en/app/china-wages-map.aspx)

2.< Notice on Interim Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate Reduction Related Issues> (2017-02-16)
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and Ministry of Finance published Notice on Interim Unemployment Insurance Premium Rate Reduction Related Issues (hereinafter referred to as Notice) on 17th February, 2017. The Notice states that since 1st January, 2017, those provinces (region, municipality) with total premium rate of unemployment insurance at 1.5% could reduce it to 1%. The implementation of reduced premium rate is valid till 30th April, 2018. The proportions contributed by employer and employee shall remain the same in a given province (region, municipality), and the proportion contributed by the employee shall not exceed that of the employer. The purpose of this adjustment of premium rate of unemployment insurance is to further ease the burden of the enterprises. The detailed implementation plan will be determined by the local government of each province (region, municipality).

3.< Regulation on Population and Family Planning in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone > (Abolished on 21st Mar, 2017)
The Regulation on Population and Family Planning in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (hereinafter referred to as Regulation) has been approved to be abolished by the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress on 21st March, 2017 and it has come into force on the same day. After the Regulation is abolished, population and family planning in Shenzhen will be executed per Law on Population and Family Planning of the Peoples' Republic of China and Regulation on Population and Family Planning in Guangdong Province. After Regulation is abolished, the provision of “The married female employees who are pregnant and have given birth to the 1st child after the age of 23 years old are entitled to 15 days of Late Childbirth Leaves” is no longer effective. In particular, female employees who gave birth to children before midnight of 20th March, 2017 and complied with relevant laws and regulations are still entitled to the 15 days of Late Childbirth Leaves; no entitlement other than this.

4.< Emission Standard of Volatile Organic Compounds for Chemical Industry > (DB 32 / 3151-2016) (2017-02-01)
Emission Standard of Volatile Organic Compounds for Chemical Industry (DB 32 / 3151-2016) (hereinafter referred to as Standard) was approved by the People's Government of Jiangsu Province on 9th December, 2016, it has come into force on 1st February, 2017. The Standard provides the requirements of emission control, monitoring and supervision of volatile organic compounds from chemical industrial enterprises or production facilities. Newly established enterprises shall follow Standard since 1st February, 2017, while the existing enterprises shall follow it since 1st February, 2019. The pollutant liability entity shall establish monitoring scheme, and carry out self-monitoring for the emission of pollutants. The enterprises shall establish statistical ledger of emissions control of pollutant in accordance with the Appendix C, and keep relevant records. An effective monitoring system of running or discharging shall be set up for treatment facilities for VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) gases, and keep records in accordance with requirements of the Appendix C for at least three years.

5.< Emission Standard of Volatile Organic Compounds for Surface Coating of Furniture Manufacturing Operations > (DB 32 / 3152-2016) (2017-02-01)
Emission Standard of Volatile Organic Compounds for Surface Coating of Furniture Manufacturing Operations (DB 32 / 3152-2016) (hereinafter referred to as Standard) was approved by the People's Government of Jiangsu Province on 9th December, 2016, it has come into force on 1st February, 2017. The Standard provides the requirements of emission limit, monitoring and supervisory control of volatile organic compounds for surface coating of furniture manufacturing operations. Newly established enterprises shall follow Standard since 1st February, 2017, while the existing enterprises shall follow it since 1st February, 2019. The pollutant liability entity shall establish monitoring scheme, and carry out self-monitoring for the emission of pollutants. Effective treatment facilities for VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) shall be installed for furniture manufacturers that use solvent based coatings, or the entity shall adopt manufacturing techniques of spraying and brush coating. The furniture manufacturers shall record the name, manufacturer, product number, volume of purchase and volume of usage, etc for the raw materials and auxiliary materials such as paints, diluents, curing agent, and cleaning agents, etc on a monthly basis.

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