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China Scam or Schemes: CFTU Warns Of New "Probationary Period" Scam Targeting Newbie China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers...


In an apparent effort to save/make some more money, it seems that many Chinese job recruiters, private schools, and learning centers have devised a clever new scam that targets the Newbie foreign teachers inbound to China from abroad, telling them that they will receive only 50% of their full pay during their "90 day probationary period".  LOL!!! This is a ploy that seems to be working too!.  The fact is that Chinese labor laws specifically limit probationary period of any and all employees to one month per every year on their employment contract!  Rough: translation:


Unless and only unless you agree to waive your rights, this law must be honored. Also there is no provision of law that allows a reduced rate of pay unless you also agree to it. To get a FREE copy of China's Labor and Visa Laws in English, please send an email to
Also if you find yourself trapped in a bad situation, where your contract is not being homored, or you are being exploited, here is our Christmas gift for you...  



We wish all our fellow teachers, friends, and supporters here at ESL Watch a safe and joyous holiday season with your loved ones!


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