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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Issues Labor Law

BEIJING -- China's Labor Minister said on Friday most labor disputes have occurred in firms with foreign investment or in private companies and added foreign firms must set up trade unions by the end of the year.

Li Boyong was briefing reporters on the country's new labor law, published nine days ago and effective Jan. 1.

It outlaws work by children under 16, sets an eight-hour workday and promises women equal rights with men and a minimum wage, to be set by localities. Li said the new law had taken 16 years and 30 revisions to complete.