China Labors On

Pending legislation in China could change the employer-worker relationship. As detailed here, China seems open to strengthening worker unions and aiding the rights of contract employees.

Employee turnover, as has been noted in Circuits Assembly, tops out around 25% at high-tech firms operating in China, and some companies pay as much in training as they do in salaries.

The new laws propose mandatory severance payments, among other things, but some companies feel in the long run this will cut down on turnover rates: “The promotion of longer-term relationships may reduce turnover and make it less expensive” to employ staff there.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow