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China’s first court for handling labor disputes opened in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Friday to better protect workers’ rights and maintain good relations between employers and employees.

Suzhou Labor Court was set up as a division of the Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court after the Supreme People’s Court, the country’s top court, approved its creation in June.

The labor court will meet new legal demands in the new economy, safeguard the rights of employees, and promote the healthy development of internet platforms and the sharing economy, the intermediate court said in a statement.

It will research problems in new labor relations, including employment by internet platforms, and will also organize special teams of judges to strengthen efforts in hearing new types of labor disputes, such as those involving ride-hailing services, livestreaming and online food delivery services.

News from: Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.

 

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