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Information Proposal to raise individual income tax threshold (anticipated to be not more than RMB 3,000) has been submitted to State Council
  Recently, the proposal to raise the individual income tax threshold drafted by Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation has been submitted to the State Council. According to an insider, the income tax threshold will be not more than RMB 3,000; while another information resource noted that the threshold might be raised from the current RMB 2,000 to RMB 2,500.
   
  Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security: payment rate for medical insurance can be lowered in some areas
 

Regarding those localities under social pooling with a large amount of fund balance for urban employees' basic medical insurance and work injury insurance, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security requested a moderate one-off cut in the payment rate of medical insurance over a limited time frame to ease the financial burden of employers in difficulty and of the insured. This is one in a series of policies recently formulated by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security aiming to stabilize the labor market and help enterprises through their current difficulties.

   
 

Basic pensions for enterprise retirees will be increased starting from Jan. 1, 2009

  The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council have decided to increase the basic pensions for current pensioners who retired before December 31, 2008. The increased pension will come into effect on January 1, 2009. The increase is around 10% of average monthly basic pension for enterprise retirees in 2008.
   
 

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security: labor demand has dropped 5.5% since Q3

 

Mr. Zhang Xiaojian, deputy minister of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, recently noted that the unemployment rate will definitely go up at the end of the year and into next year. He pointed out three notable changes in Chinese labor market since October: first, new job growth in urban areas has slowed down; second, labor demand by enterprises is weakening, as evidenced by the 5.5% drop in labor demand since Q3; third, the staff turnover ratio is high.

   
 

Dongguan suspended implementation of "Employment Contract Law" to help small- and medium-sized enterprises to survive the downturn

  Jiangling, vice mayor of Dongguan, recently noted that the Dongguan Municipal Government has suggested that the Central Government and Guangdong Provincial Government slow down the implementation process for the "Employment Contract Law" and the increase in the minimum wage.
   
 

Shenzhen will respond to financial crisis by lowering social insurance payment rate

  In view of the difficulties faced by Shenzhen enterprises hit by the global financial turmoil, Shenzhen will propose a series of measures to lower employer contributions to social insurance and suspend adjustments in the minimum wage level, to ease the burden of enterprises. The Shenzhen Municipal Labor & Social Security Bureau recently committed to take the above-mentioned measures to help enterprises respond to the crisis and overcome these difficulties.
   
 

Shanghai made Q4 labor demand forecast

 

The Shanghai Job Center recently conducted a sample survey of over 3,200 enterprises in Shanghai. The results showed Q4 labor demand by all kinds of enterprises in Shanghai was expected to drop moderately. See details below:
1.  52.4% of enterprises surveyed plan to recruit staff in Q4, a percentage slightly lower than that in Q3.
2. Q4 labor demand by the resident service industry is rising steadily, whereas labor demand by construction, leasing and commercial service industries has dropped slightly.
3.  Q4 labor demand for such positions as marketing, procurement, manufacturing and customer service remains robust, while that for administration, accounting and audit will drop slightly.


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个税起征点上调方案报国务院 预计不超3000元

 

近日,财政部和国税总局起草的有关上调个人所得税起征点的方案已经上报国务院。
有知情人士透露,扣除标准将不超过3000元,而来自另外一个渠道的消息则显示,此次个税起征点可能由现在的2000元提高到2500元。

   
 

人保部:部分地区可降低医保缴费费率

  人力资源社会保障部要求,城镇职工基本医疗保险、工伤保险基金结余规模较大的统筹地区,可采取一次性措施适当降低一定时期的缴费费率,减轻困难企业缴费负担和参保人员费用负担。这项政策是人社部近日制定的帮助企业渡过难关、稳定就业局势的系列政策之一。
   
 

企业退休人员养老金明年1月1日起上调

  中共中央、国务院决定,从2009年1月1日起调整企业退休人员基本养老金。这次调整企业退休人员基本养老金的对象,为2008年12月31日前已经办理退休手续人员。调整的水平,按照当地2008年企业退休人员月人均基本养老金的10%左右确定。
   
 

人保部:第三季度以后的用工需求下降了5.5%

 

人力资源和社会保障部副部长张小建近日表示,年底到明年失业率肯定要比现在有一个增长。他指出,进入10月份以后,我国劳动力市场出现了三个变化值得注意:一是城镇新增就业人数增速下降。二是企业的用工需求出现下滑。第三季度以后的用工需求下降了5.5%。三是企业现有的岗位流失严重。

   
 

东莞暂缓新《劳动合同法》 协助中小企度“寒冬”

 

东莞市副市长江凌近日公开表示,为协助中小企度过“寒冬”,东莞市政府向中央及广东省政府建议,放缓《劳动合同法》的实施力度及最低工资增幅。

   
 

深圳或降低企业社保缴费比例应对危机

 

金融海啸给深圳企业带来经营困难,深圳将建议出台暂停调整最低工资和降低企业社保缴费比例等措施,给企业降压减负。深圳市劳动保障部门近日表示,将采取上述一系列组合政策措施,来帮助企业应对危机,共渡难关。

   
 

上海发布四季度用工需求预测

 

上海市职业介绍中心近期针对该市3200多家企业开展了抽样调查,结果显示,各类用人单位预计四季度本市用工需求可能有一定幅度的下降。具体如下:
1、52.4%的企业计划在四季度招聘员工,与三季度相比略有下降。
2、居民服务业四季度招聘需求稳中有升,建筑、租赁和商务服务等行业则有所下降。
3、营销采购、生产制造、客户服务岗位的四季度招聘需求仍保持旺盛,行政办公、财会审计类岗位将有所减少。


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As a bilingual periodical, China Employment Watch pays close attention to human resources issues. Monitoring the macro background of the economic transition in China and the ever-changing relationship between labor and management as it does, China Employment Watch provides the latest and timely information for human resource professionals, in-house counsels and key business decision-makers. China Employment Watch will also bring readers in-depth analyses as well as reasonable and achievable suggestions for the challenges and risks they are facing.
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中国雇佣观察编辑部
11 Dec 2008
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