Fujian orders paid leave to care for elders
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.