Beijing Says No To Recruiting Practices Discriminating Women

The Beijing Municipal Human Resources, Social Security Bureau, and nine other departments jointly published a “Notice on further strengthening the management of recruitment activities to promote women’s employment”. [1]  This occurred on June 26, 2019. The notice implements the basic national policy of equality between men and women.
The new regulation addresses gender specific job offers, payment differences between men and women, and supported leadership roles for women.  Additionally, it confronts asking about or evaluating women based on their marital status. Moreover, the use of a pregnancy test as a conditional part of an initial medical examination of employment is prohibited.
This is not the first instance of protecting and promoting women’s rights in the workplace. There are several laws and regulations in place addressing gender discrimination. Moreover, the city of Beijing is intent on enforcing existing regulation. With the new notice, violators face fines from RMB 10,000 (around 1,488 US$) up to RMB 50,000 if they refuse to correct their practices. HR service providers may have their licenses revoked for serious offenses.

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