High Temperature Allowance in China

In this article, we provide the overall summary of the high-temperature allowance in China

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If you are hiring employees in China, there are a set of rules and laws that every employer in China has to abide by. From June to September, Employers in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong, Gansu, Hubei, pay a high-temperature allowance to their employees. In Beijing, it is paid from June to August. In Hainan, it is paid from April to October.

In China, almost all regions except Qinghai, Tibet, and, Heilongjiang are following the high-temperature allowance protocol. High-temperature weather means that the highest temperature of the day is above 35 degrees Celsius. Employers should pay a high-temperature allowance to outdoor workers and indoor employees if the workplace temperature is above 33 degrees Celsius (33 is included). The Shanghai law as on June 2016 states that companies must ensure that the workplace temperature is regulated below 33 degrees Celsius or 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, they must provide cool beverages to their employees. Employers who fail to follow this protocol have to compensate by paying RMB 200 to each of their employees, over and above the employee’s salary.

High-Temperature Allowance rates vary by month, day and the temperature of that region. In Beijing, the compensation rate is 120 RMB per month for indoor employees and 180 RMB for outdoor workers. In Anhui, Huizhou, Hainan, Yunnan, Gansu, and Ningxia, compensation rates are between from 8 RMB -12 RMB per day. Employers are not allowed to arrange teenagers and pregnant employees to work outdoors in high-temperature weather or work indoor but the workplace temperature is above 33 degrees Celsius (33 is included). For more policies and regulations regarding Maternity issues in China, please refer to ‘China Maternity Leave Policies‘.

If the employer does not comply with this guideline, they can be penalized up to RMB 10,000. But it has been observed through research that because employees do have the right to file a complaint, they do not complain even if some employers fail to pay the allowances because they fear the consequences of their complaint. It is extremely important for your China Payroll team to understand the policies and regulations to ensure compliance in China.

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The information contained in this article is valid on August 16th, 2016. For updated information, please contact us via email at [email protected]