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Ministry of HR and Social Security: Wages in Arrears to Be Considered a Crime

Beijing News recently reported that, as the year end approached, the issue of whether migrant workers would receive their year-end wages on time once again became a focal issue. According to Qiu Xiaoping, Director of the Labor Relations Division of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, 2011 saw an increase in the number of arrears cases as a result of companies having financial issues. Qiu blamed the global economic downturn as the cause of the trouble some companies are suffering. Qiu also suggested that, under existing law, it costs little for companies to hold overdue wage payments because the penalty for arrears cases is low. He said the government is working on a new law to criminalize these cases and would soon provide more information on implementation details. He also called for enhanced government monitoring and labor arbitration services.

Source: Beijing News, December 26, 2011