Socio-Economic Side Effects of Urbanization

With 46.6% of China¡¯s population now living in urban areas, considerable stress is being put on cities¡¯ social infrastructure. Urbanization has been encouraged by the government since the 1990¡¯s to encourage economic development, but with 662 million people (167 million of whom are migrant workers) living in cities now, it has been forced to rethink its social welfare and healthcare policies. Although many cities have relaxed their policies towards migrant workers to better suit their needs, life insurance and healthcare insurance regulation policies will be enacted later this year. The number of cities in China grew to 655 by 2008, with 122 mega-cities (with a population more than 1 million) and 118 big cities (with a population between 500,000 and 1 million). Apart from social issues urbanization causes, sustainable environmental and waste management are rising issues on the government¡¯s agenda.

¡°Located in many of China¡¯s largest cities, Lehman, Lee, and Xu law firm is up-to-date on the socio-economic changes taking place in the nation,¡± Scott Garner, director of the Shanghai office, stated. ¡°We handle cases regarding everything from labor and employment to government relations, including negotiating and drafting employment contracts, advisement on governmental health and safety requirements and employee benefits, assistance with employment-related dispute settlement, tax liability or disputes with the local Tax Bureau, pension funds, and insolvency.¡±

For more information about Lehman, Lee & Xu, please visit the firm's website at www.lehmanlaw.com or feel free to e-mail the Beijing office at mail@lehmanlaw.com.


By
Morgan Crank



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