Employers who default on paying migrant workers' wages should be placed on a national blacklist, the head of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said.
Yin Weimin, the minister, said that governments at all levels should "thoroughly check" on any wages that may be in arrears as Chinese New Year approaches, and set a deadline for companies and employers to clear up the situation.
"Those who disregard the deadline for paying wages for no reason should be severely punished and put on the blacklist," he said.
The checks should focus on sectors where migrant workers are frequently hired, such as the construction industry, labor-intensive manufacturing industries and restaurants, Yin said.
The ministry issued a regulation in September creating a national blacklist to punish employers that fail to pay migrant workers.
Those on the blacklist could face punishments from as many as 30 government departments - such as limited access to government financial support, purchases and bidding - and could be barred from favorable tax policies.