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Insurance resolution draws mixed reaction

By Chen Xin (China Daily)

08:49, November 17, 2011

BEIJING - Much debate has arisen recently over a draft regulation that would force employers to pay for two additional types of insurance for their employees.

The proposal, which the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security posted to the website of the State Council's Legislative Affairs Office on Tuesday, would make employers responsible for providing five varieties of insurance to workers.

The two additions will be workman's compensation and maternity insurance. The public has a month to comment on the proposal.

Workman's compensation insurance will enable workers who have been injured at their jobs to receive compensation and help in paying their treatment bills. Maternity insurance will allow working women to obtain subsidized medical treatment and will give them various benefits during pregnancies. It will also allow future fathers to take a couple of days off work to accompany their wives to the hospital for childbirth and to receive subsidies.

The year 1999 saw the adoption of a social insurance regulation asking employers to pay for their workers' pension insurance, medical insurance and unemployment insurance.

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