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From from January 1 next year employers will have to specify clearly the wage on offer in any advertisement for employment.

The Employment Promotion Law which takes effect on January 1 says that the recruitment information in advertisements published by employers should be the same as that mentioned in job interviews.

The bureau wants job seekers who feel they have been cheated by employers to contact its inspection department.

From January 1 applicants for employment will also be entitled to sue employers for discrimination from January 1. The law forbids discrimination based on ethnicity, age, gender, race, religious belief or physical disability.

The law was enacted to help create more opportunities for job seekers entering the market and particularly for workers who have been laid off, university graduates and migrant workers in cities.

Adopted in August by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, the law is intended to promote employment and prohibit discrimination.

Shanghai is now working on a program to create more employment opportunities for the families where no one is employed - the zero-employment families.

So far this year, the city has found jobs for more than 7,100 zero-employment families leaving only 30 families with no one employed waiting for work.

"Our purpose is to ensure at least one member in every zero-employment family is employed and now we are working to find employment for the remaining 30 zero-employment families," said an official with the bureau.

The members of zero-employment families who want jobs can register and be offered employment within a month, the bureau said.

(Shanghai Daily November 20, 2007)

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