Keyword: Rules and Regulations

Shanghai single mother denied maternity benefits for being unmarried, starts lawsuit

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of an article by 新京报 (Beijing News) on a young mother from Shanghai who found she was unable to apply for maternity benefits because she was unmarried. She is now using legal means to try and secure her right to receive the benefits, hoping to set a precedent for other unmarried mothers. You can find the original article in full here. We translated parts of an interview with the woman in question which was appended to the original article.   On August 28th, unmarried mother Zhang Meng (pseudonym) from Shanghai received a piece of good news – the Shanghai Supreme People’s Court had accepted …read more

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Crackdown on illegal social organizations reported

Reports from last week suggest that a crackdown on social organizations that are considered to be illegal or to be conducting activities in violation of the law is currently taking place in China. According to reports in the Chinese media, over 5000 social organizations were recently blacklisted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), with the names of 361 suspected illegal social organizations officially announced by the MCA, 3040 organizations added to a directory of organizations with “abnormal activities”, and another 2285 organizations added to a list of organizations that have “seriously violated the law and broken trust”. Furthermore, 14 illegal social organizations had their websites and social media accounts …read more

Five overseas NGOs de-register their representative offices in China

As reported by ChinaFile, five overseas NGOs have de-registered their representative offices in China over the last few months. The NGOs that de-registered are the Europe-China Culture and Economy Commission (Belgium), the World Future Council (Germany), the KYOTO Industrial Support Organization 21 (Japan), the Confederação Nacional do Transporte (CNT) (Brazil), and the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (USA). Over the first two years of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, in 2017-2018, only two overseas NGOs had chosen to de-register their offices. The reasons for the recent de-registrations are unclear. The China NGO Project of ChinaFile reports that they attempted to contact all five of the NGOs to learn about the reasons …read more

62 social organizations in Yunnan have their registrations cancelled

August 7
Provincial Civil Affairs Department issued an announcement: 20 social organizations in Yunnan were deregistered
In addition, another 42 social organizations delivered the “Administrative Punishment Advance Notice”

Shanghai authorities begin to implement waste-sorting rules, fine offenders

Shanghai authorities begin to implement waste-sorting rules, fine offenders

As we previously reported, Shanghai became the first Chinese city to legally enforce waste sorting last Monday. Reports from the last few days suggest that the authorities are enforcing the new regulations quite strictly. On Sunday 新京报 (the Beijing News) reported that over the first six days of the new rules’ enforcement,17,800 law enforcement personnel carried out a total of 9,600 inspections, covering residential complexes, hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and parks. A total of 3,456 organizations and 3,248 individuals received “education and dissuasion” for violating the regulations. 62% were guilty of failing to properly set up garbage-sorting bins, 36% of failing to correctly sort their rubbish, and 2% of collecting and transporting …read more

“Production Safety Accident Emergency Regulations” soon to be implemented

At the end of February 2019, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed a State Council decree announcing the “Industry Safety Accidents Emergency Regulations” which will come into effect on April 1st, 2019. The “Industry Safety Accident Emergency Regulations” (herein referred to as the Regulations) are based on the Safety Production Law and the Emergency Response Law. There is a code of conduct in the regulation for the production safety accident emergency work system, emergency preparedness, and emergency rescue. Xie Yichang, head of the emergency management expert group of the State Council, said “the regulations also stipulate the legal responsibilities of local governments and production and operation units in emergency preparedness and …read more

Beijing’s first party school for social organizations established

Beijing’s first party school for social organizations established

Editor’s note this is an abridged and adapted translation of a report published on Shanda Net (善大网) on the 28th of February. It announces the creation of the first Party school for social organizations in Beijing.   On February 28 the “Hongyan Social Organization Party School” was officially established in Beijing, in order to implement the important instructions on “Strengthening the Party Building Work of Social Organizations” given by General Secretary Xi Jinping at the National Organizational Work Conference, encourage active and innovative party building and promote the party organizations of Beijing’s social organizations to play their role. The party school was initiated and launched by the Third Joint Beijing Party …read more

Tencent public welfare monthly donation rules updated

China’s biggest tech giant has recently announced updated its rules for monthly donation, requiring stricter tracking of the donors’ general information and finances. The rules are being updated in accordance with the 2016 Charity Law. This law made it easier for Chinese charities to become accredited, and clearly regulated the right to fundraise from ordinary Chinese citizens. In future only “legally registered charities who are in accordance with the law and maintain accurate records” may continue to fundraise through Tencent’s platform. The updated rules are meant to push for greater transparency on project plans and for legal and overall compliance from users of the platform. Tencent operates the most successful online fundraising platform in …read more

Draft regulation on overseas aid released

The China International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA), a new state-level department set up during the fourth session of the first annual meeting of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress in March, has published the draft of the “Overseas Aid Management Method” in order to solicit public feedback. The draft is aimed at strengthening strategic planning and coordination on foreign aid and cooperation. The draft of the Overseas Aid Management Method has seven chapters and 43 articles, including general provisions, policy planning, funds management, project implementation, supervision and evaluation, liabilities and supplementary articles. A few of the main points listed in the draft are as follows. The general provision defines the concept of …read more

Social work and volunteer services are subsumed into China’s rural areas revival strategy

The CPC Central Committee and the State Council recently published China’s rural areas Revival Strategy (during 2018 to 2022). Social work and volunteer services are mentioned in the 27th chapter, strengthening grassroots political power, and the 30th chapter, increasing the supply of rural public services. A few of the main points listed in Chapter 27 are as follows. The government aims to move the gravity of rural administration downwards, and help first-line managers to utilise the available resources and services and innovate the service methods of the public sector to facilitate and satisfy the public’s demands. They will also promote the standardisation of the rural service system. “One-step service” platforms will be established, and there will …read more

New certification for social enterprises announced

On the 11th of August, the Beijing Social Enterprise Certification Method was announced at the Forum for Chinese Social Enterprises. The release of this “method” marks the standard criteria that all social enterprises in Beijing can refer to. A Chinese version of the document can be found here. The following are some points of note. According to the method, after certification all social enterprises in Beijing will be entitled to a certain amount of funding, expert consultation services, the use of the social enterprise logo, branding and the coordination of quality office space and other such amenity provisions. The method clearly states the definition of a social enterprise as an enterprise …read more

Public feedback soliticited on the new draft of the Regulation on the Registration and Administration of Social Organizations

On the first of August the Ministry of Civil Affairs published the Regulation on the Registration and Administration of Social Organizations (Revised Draft to Solicit Feedback), with the aim of collecting public opinions and comments. The deadline to provide feedback is August 21. As compared to the original, the revised version of the draft (hereafter referred to as the Revised Draft) contains seven significant changes that are listed below. First of all, the founders should be representative and responsible. The Revised Draft stipulates that there should be at least ten sponsors in a national social group, and five sponsors in a local one. The founder should be a member of the social …read more

Should the Chinese government pull out of poverty alleviation?

Editor’s note: this is a summary of an article published by the China Philanthropy Times, which argues that the state should not get involved directly in poverty alleviation efforts, but rather harness the power of civil society. The Chinese government has recently pooled great efforts into purchasing public services, but these efforts have mostly been located in the large and medium-sized cities in developed areas. What’s more this practice has not been fully implemented, mainly because a large amount of the relevant poverty alleviation funds haven’t been leveraged. As the 2015 audit report by China’s Auditing Administration announced, out of the 5.013 billion yuan which composed the special fund for poverty …read more

New regulation on the salaries of Chinese social organizations released

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs recently released the “advice on strengthening and improving the salary management of social organizations in China” (hereinafter referred to as the advice). The newly released legislation designs a salary management system for China’s social organizations and clarifies the salary standards. Most of China’s social organizations have until now adopted a single salary system, differentiating their staff’s levels of retribution mainly according to their ranking. This has led to a certain level of irrationality in income distribution. The advice stipulates that social organizations should establish a salary management system and incorporate it into the policy making of the meeting of members (representatives) or of the board of …read more