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Working out of Seattle and Beijing, Grace is Harris Bricken’s lead attorney on China labor and employment law matters and the author of a book, the China Employment Law Guide. She is a native Beijinger who has studied and lived in the United States for many years. She is fluent in English and in Mandarin Chinese, and works out of Harris Bricken's Beijing and Seattle offices. Her international background gives her a deep understanding of both American and Chinese cultures and legal systems.

China Employment Lawyers

Employers should be very careful using WeChat to manage their employment affairs.

Consider this hypothetical. Employer amends its Rules and Regulations to require its employees forward or repurpose all Employer WeChat articles as the employee’s own “moments” on the employee’s personal WeChat account. The new Rules and Regulations also discipline employees who fail to meet

China Statury Retirement Age

Foreign companies doing business in China fairly often ask our China employment lawyers whether they can legally hire someone who has passed the legal retirement age. The short answer is that doing so is legal, but somewhat complicated.

Consider this hypothetical. Employer employs Employee (male) for several years. Employee turns 60, the statutory retirement age,

China Employment Attorneys

Pretty much every January/February our China employment law team gets a bump in its “crisis” work, mostly stemming from angry employees terminated at the end of the year or at the beginning of the year. The crisis comes when their foreign employers contact us after the employees have made their complaints. With China making life

China Employment Lawyers

Though we are always emphasizing how different China’s employment laws are from those in the West (especially the United States), there are some basic things employers should consider in handling employment matters pretty much everywhere in the world. This post discusses how effective employer communication is key pretty much everywhere.

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China employment law compliance

If you have employees in China, you must have a written employment contract with each and every one of your employees. Employing anyone (Chinese citizen or expat) in China without a current, enforceable, China-centric employment contract puts you at massive risk for financial penalties and worse. Late last month, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and

China employee non-compete agreementsChina’s employment laws generally permit employee non-compete agreements that prevent an employee from competing with its former employer for up to two years after employment ends. But there are all sorts of restrictions on these agreements, as explained below.

Only some China employees can be bound by non-compete agreements. Employee non-compete agreements are generally limited

China Employment Lawyer for employee termination

Employee terminations in China are almost never easy and employer-initiated unilateral terminations are exponentially more difficult. Foreign companies terminating their employees in China can and often do get tripped up when they attempt unilateral employee terminations.

Consider this hypothetical. Employee is a regular, full-time employee of Employer. Employer and Employee executed a few fixed-term employment