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On 3 August 2018, the State Council released a circular to abolish 11 administrative approval items in an effort to further simplify administration. According to the announcement, residents from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (HMT residents) no longer need to obtain an employment permit to work in mainland China. The announcement instructs the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS), to formulate substitute policies and measures to supervise the employment of these HMT residents. Those policies and measures will cover employment services, social security, unemployment registration, and protection of labour rights and benefits. The local HRSSs have yet to issue detailed enforcement policies. In this alert, we highlight how local HRSSs have responded to the employment permit exemption policy for HMT residents.

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