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China: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating author: Huimin (Laura) Wang, Squire Patton Boggs

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  • Discrimination in recruitment and selection for employment is unlawful on various grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • The inclusion of any false information or discriminatory content in job advertisements is prohibited. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • If an employer recruits employees through the public employment services, a private employment agency or a "jobs fair", the employer is required to provide the services/agency or the organiser of the fair with copies of various documents. (See Recruitment - general)
  • During the recruitment and selection process, the employer must give the candidate certain specified information. (See Selection)
  • Young workers' employment is governed by various rules. (See Young people and children)
  • In general, an employer may recruit a foreign national only if the position requires special skills or expertise and there is no suitable Chinese candidate for the job. (See Foreign nationals)
  • Employers are obliged to employ at least a certain quota of people with disabilities, in appropriate types of job. (See Employment quota for people with disabilities)
  • Employers are obliged to maintain an employee register, recording each employee's name and certain other specified information. (See Record-keeping)