Continued ecomic prosperity in China and its international competitive advantage have been due in large part to the labor of workers in China, who for many years toiled in underregulated workplaces. More recently, labor law reforms have been praised for their progressive measures and, at the same time, blamed for placing too many ecomic burdens on companies, especially those operating on the margins, which in some cases have caused business failures. This, combined with the global downturn and the millions of displaced and unemployed Chinese migrant laborers, has created ongoing debate about the labor laws. Meanwhile, the Chinese Union has organized many of the Global Fortune 500 companies, and a form of collective bargaining is occurring. Workers are pursuing their legal labor rights in increasing numbers. This book provides a clear overview of the labor and employment law environment in China and its legal requirements, as well as practices under these laws used to deal with labor issues.
Ronald C. Brown, formerly a Professor of Law on the Faculty of William and Mary School of Law, joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii, where he has served as Associate Dean and as Director of the university's Center for Chinese Studies. He has worked in China under the USIA's Professional-in-Residence Program, has served as a consultant with the World Bank, was a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar teaching at Peking University and Tsinghua University law schools, and has lectured throughout Asia on comparative labor law topics. Professor Brown currently serves as an active labor arbitrator. His teaching specialties include labor and employment law, employment discrimination law, arbitration, Chinese law, Asian international and comparative labor and employment law, and U.S.-China labor and employment law. He has authored numerous articles and published a book entitled Understanding Chinese Courts and Legal Process: Law with Chinese Characteristics.