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Professional Suggestions by Chinese Lawyers towards Coronavirus: Employers Should Plan, Not Panic


The novel coronavirus rampaging across the world's second-largest economy has disrupted the global businesses and rattled the global financial markets, forcing cities to be cordoned off and companies thus have to shut down. As governments at both national and local levels have taken measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this outbreak has gradually become a major public health safety issue.


In order to prevent the serious spread of the coronavirus, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) State Council announced an extension of the Spring Festival holiday to 2 February 2020, and many provinces in China have requested that enterprises could not resume work until 9 February 2020. The virus and these related measures have raised a number of challenges for employers with operations in China: how to provide safe work conditions for employees; how to adjust the work schedule; the impact caused by these measures on overtime pay; and other relevant issues. This article written by Chinese lawyers in Landing Law Offices, aims at addressing several major matters, taking Shenzhen, China as an example. According to Article 5 of the Regulations on Paid Annual Leave for Employees (职工带薪年休假条例), Article 9 and Article 13 of the Measures for the Implementation of Paid Annual Leave for Employees of Enterprises (企业职工带薪年休假实施办法), Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the Opinions on Stabilizing Labor Relations and Supporting Enterprises to Resume Production during the Prevention and Control of New Coronavirus-Infected Pneumonia (关于做好新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情防控期间稳定劳动关系支持企业复工复产的意见) issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, China Federation of Trade Unions, China Enterprise Confederation/China Entrepreneurs Association and China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Article 3 of the Notice on Actively Responding to the Outbreak of Pneumonia Caused by the New Coronavirus and Doing Work Related to Labor Relations (关于积极应对新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情做好劳动关系相关工作的通知) issued by the Human Resources and Social Security Department of Guangdong Province, Human Resources and Social Security Department of Shenzhen Transmits the Notice on Actively Responding to the Outbreak of Pneumonia Caused by the New Coronavirus and Doing Work Related to Labor Relations (深圳市人力资源和社会保障局转发关于积极应对新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情做好劳动关系相关工作的通知), Article 14 of Measures of Shenzhen Municipality to Cope with the Pneumonia Epidemic of New Coronavirus Infection and Support Enterprises to Tide over the Difficulties (深圳市应对新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎疫情支持企业共渡难关的若干措施) and the Notice of the People's Government of Guangdong Province on the Adjustment of the Minimum Wage Standard for Employees of Enterprises in Guangdong Province (广东省人民政府关于调整我省企业职工最低工资标准的通知), and refer to the case trialed by Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, for example Case No. (2018)粤03民终9167号, telephone consultat