Labor, Surrogacy, Disability on the Table at Shanghai’s ‘2 Sessions’

Labor, Surrogacy, Disability on the Table at Shanghai’s ‘2 Sessions’

Politicians and advisors from Shanghai have actually tabled several proposals throughout the annual meetings of the municipality’s top legal and political advisory bodies, which concluded Wednesday.

Delegates of the Shanghai People’s Congress and members of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese Individuals’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) advanced the proposals throughout the city’s “two sessions,” or lianghui They were concentrated on enhancing the city’s financial and social development.

The propositions are now being passed on to pertinent federal government departments for more consideration. Here’s our run-down of some of the tips advanced at the meetings:

Labor rights

Lu Jingbo, a CPPCC member and attorney with Shanghai-based River Delta Law Office, on Saturday sent a number of labor rights-related proposals. He suggested the existing Labor Law should give a clearer definition of working hours, as the present legislation puts restricted restraints on “996” working culture, a term describing working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 6 days a week. He stated business making their employees work overtime should be provided significant fines and more strictly supervised.

Lu likewise proposed establishing a legislative system for much better defining death from overwork, which would assist figure out liability and settlement.

Earlier this month, the unexpected death of a young employee for Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo clarified overtime culture– which had when led to designers protesting on code-sharing platform GitHub– prevalent at some domestic startups and tech business.

Punishing surrogacy

8 CPPCC members have jointly called for establishing a “long-term system” to punish surrogacy. The proposition suggests developing designated hotlines and work groups on messaging app WeChat with the objective of motivating neighborhood employees to report such cases.

Recently, star Zheng Shuang’s reported surrogacy in the United States raised heated discussion on Chinese social media. Surrogacy is prohibited in China, though there are some unlicensed companies that offer such services illegally.

Reproductive rights

Qiu Suo, a CPPCC member, submitted a proposal with two other political consultants to establish a public frozen egg bank in the Lingang Unique Area of Shanghai’s open market zone. According to the proposition, this would assist females– particularly cancer patients who become infertile due to treatment– save their eggs.

The country does not yet have a frozen egg bank, and domestic law specifies that just a female with a legitimate marital relationship license may freeze her eggs, although activists and academics have long been fighting for equal reproductive rights for single females. In late 2019, a 31- year-old female took legal action against a Beijing health center for allegedly refusing to freeze her eggs due to the fact that she was single.

Digital currency

Political advisors also floated plans of using the detailed digital yuan pilot job within the city. Its applications would cover prepaid cards, incomes, and cross-border transactions.

In early January, Shanghai evaluated the digital currency pilot job at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In August of in 2015, China’s four significant state-owned banks supposedly began trialing the country’s government-backed digital currency

Medical insurance coverage for senior migrants

Sun Hui, a delegate to the municipal individuals’s congress and director of the management department at Shanghai Open University, proposed improving the medical insurance coverage system for so-called senior drifters, or laopiao, who transfer to the city after retiring to live with and take care of their kids’s family.

The proposal suggested setting up a unified system allowing the elderly to get their medical costs covered more quickly, which is presently a trouble for some laopiao with medical insurance from outside Shanghai.

Ease of access for the handicapped

Zang Xi, a CPPCC member and TV host, sent a proposal together with eight others to suggest adding audible suggestions and check in Braille at the city’s bus stops to assist the aesthetically impaired

Zang likewise advanced a proposition to include more ramps on pedestrian bridges. According to the political advisor, at present only 37 of the city’s 175 pedestrian bridges are equipped with such ramps, making getting around challenging for people with disabilities along with elderly people.

Editor: Bibek Bhandari.

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