Fu­jian or­ders paid leave to care for elders

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Adults in Fu­jian prov­ince who are mem­bers of a sin­gle-child fam­ily will be guar­an­teed paid leave of up to 10 days an­nu­ally if they need to care for older par­ents who are hos­pi­tal­ized, ac­cord­ing to leg­is­la­tion passed by the prov­ince’s top leg­is­la­ture.

The mea­sure is in­tended to pro­tect res­i­dents at age 60. It says that wages and ben­e­fits for those with­out sib­lings who take time off for the spec­i­fied pur­pose should con­tinue to be paid, and em­ploy­ers who refuse to con­tinue pay­ing wages and ben­e­fits will be pun­ished.

There were 5.15 mil­lion se­niors aged 60 and above in Fu­jian by the end of 2015, rep­re­sent­ing 13.4 per­cent of the prov­ince’s pop­u­la­tion. For the whole coun­try, the num­ber was 222 mil­lion, or more than 16 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

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