Chine employment law webinar

Our law firm’s lead China employment lawyer, Grace Yang, will be leading a 90 minute webinar on what HR departments need to know about China employment law. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.

Way back in September, 2008, we wrote a post on what was then China’s new employment law regulations: China’s Brand New Labor Law Regulations. It’s All Here. A client (no less) got angry with me for even writing about it because they would never be enforced and our post would scare foreign companies into complying with the law and thereby further damage their ability to compete against their China company peers. I insisted that these laws would be enforced and I most definitely have been proven right.

In the early days of China’s employment laws, we divided the work among our team of China lawyers, but as enforcement increased and as so many employment rules became highly localized, it became apparent we needed a lawyer who would focus on China employment law. See China Employment Law: Local and Not So SimpleGrace Yang is that lawyer for us. Grace has law degrees from leading law schools in China and the United States and last year she wrote a well-received book on China employment law: The China Employment Law Guide: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company. If you are doing HR in China and you want English language help, you absolutely should buy the book.  

Our China employment law team mostly works on the following these days:

  1. Helping foreign companies in China avoid employment law problems. We do this mostly by performing employer audits and then remedying the mistakes we find. See China Employment Compliance and Audits: THE New Big Thing.
  2. Helping foreign companies with a specific and urgent employee problems. These problems range from fending off a lawsuit or a government regulator to figuring out what to do with employees that will be brought on via a merger deal or will be terminated due to an office or company shut-down.
  3. Helping expats negotiate enforceable contracts with their China employer.

Now about this upcoming China employment law webinar. It’s called China Employment Law: What HR Needs to Know and it’s going to be on Tuesday, January 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and it has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. It also will get you 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

It will be geared towards “HR, in-house counsel, financial officers, and company presidents.” It is being put on by HR Webinar Company and they describe it as follows:

China’s employment laws are complicated and highly local. Foreign companies doing business in China face complex China labor and employment issues and questions every day – often without even realizing it. What works in the United States has very little in common with what works in China. Employment compliance has become one of the most important issues foreign companies face in China and it is the rare foreign company that gets it right. Employee disputes are becoming considerably more common and government enforcement is getting significantly more stringent. It virtually always costs less for your company to deal proactively with China employment law issues than to wait to address them only after they devolve into a dispute. It is therefore imperative that you understand the framework of China employment law and steps you can take to mitigate risk.

Please join Grace Yang as she helps you better understand the China employment law landscape. She will focus on helping you recognize key China employment issues and on giving you guidance on how to solve real-life China employment law issues and problems.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

This webinar will cover the following:

YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER

Your conference leader for “China Employment Law: What HR Needs to Know” is Grace Yang. Grace heads Harris Bricken’s China employment law practice and contributes a weekly column about China employment law issues for the multi-award winning China Law Blog. Grace received her B.A. degree in law from Peking University and her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She represents both China employers and employees in their China employment law matters. Grace published a book entitled The China Employment Law Guide.

If you have China employees, you really do not want to miss this webinar!

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Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com). Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.