Since this July, women in east China's Jiangxi Province are entitled to enjoy broader protection of their legal rights and interests in the employment market.
According to Jiangxi Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security, the change of policy came on the heels of Jiangxi Special Regulations on the Protection of Women's Rights and Interests in Employment, which officially came into effect on July 1.
Women can submit their application to their employers for the adjustment of their personal positions if they are no longer suitable for their current work due to the menopause. In response, their bosses are expected to rearrange their work or ease their workloads after receiving certified medical reports and checking their actual condition.
For those women who undergo menopause and contraceptive surgery as well as vice versa, they are privileged to be on leave for a dozen of days. It is a fresh benefit for them.
Meanwhile, employers are banned from intentionally lowering female workers' salaries and benefits, limiting their access to promotions and professional certificates as well as awards, and dismissing them under the pretext of their marriage, pregnancy and baby-nursing.
Employers cannot extend the working hours of their female staff and arrange for them to work at night when their pregnancy is less than three months or above seven months.
Moreover, it is a privilege for these pregnant women to have a break of no less than half an hour, every day in the light of the nature and intensity of their work. They can also apply for a reduction of their fixed workloads.
Any employers who are found to be in violation of the new rule should be fined in a range of 1,000 yuan (U.S.$ 147.09) and 5,000 yuan (U.S.$ 735.47) for each female worker.
In addition, local governments at county-level and municipal level should integrate the protection of women's rights and interests in the employment market into the their overall development and planning of women's affairs, and take the observance of employers' performance in protection of women's labor rights into their credit ranking.
(Source: xinhuanet.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)