Ban Xiaohui (班小辉) is an Associate Professor at the Law School of Wuhan University. He mainly focuses on Chinese and international labour law. He has published numerous articles and several book chapters, primarily on atypical employment, the gig economy, and labour rights in international trade and investment.

Legal Remedies for China’s Overseas Workers

The half-million Chinese citizens travelling overseas to work each year are often misled about the job, charged high recruitment fees, not paid wages, or injured on the jobsite. But what recourse do they have? An analysis of Chinese court decisions shows that workers, including those who use informal brokers, are sometimes able to receive unpaid wages or work injury compensation upon their return. However, practical obstacles like obtaining physical evidence or affording a lawyer still prevent many abused workers from obtaining justice.

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