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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 contracts
Don’t waste your money with an English language employment contract

Our China lawyers sometimes get “simple” questions from our WFOE clients regarding China’s labor law. One such question is whether they must use Chinese as the prevailing language for their employment contracts with their employees, especially with their expat employees. This

China hong kong wages As China steps up its tax enforcement against both foreign companies and foreigners, we are seeing increasing instances where expat employees working in China are having their salaries “split” by their Chinese or foreign company employers. We strongly counsel our employer clients against doing this sort of salary splitting and we even more strongly counsel

China expat employment contracts

As part of our China employment work, our China employment lawyers are often tasked with helping expats navigate the China employee onboarding process, including reviewing and revising their employment-related documents, such as employment contracts. This involves our making sure our clients’ contracts protect their interests and achieve their goals and minimize the likelihood of

China employment law

China is not an employment-at-will jurisdiction and terminating China employees is nearly always difficult. To make things even more challenging, many foreign companies doing business in China manage their China affairs from afar. To prevent employment (and especially termination)-related problems, you need to use enforceable employment contracts and employer rules and regulations and you also

China employment lawyer

Our lawyers support both employees and employers on China employment law matters. As a result, we constantly receive emails from both employees and employers whose questions often involve employees who face termination or have disputes with their employers, or employers having a hard time understanding China’s employment laws.

We can rarely provide instantaneous answers to

China employee handbook

China employers must have written employment contracts with each of their full-time employees. Not having a written employment contract exposes employers to penalties (payable to their employees), administrative fines and the risk of being deemed to have entered an open-term employment contract with the employees lacking the written contract. Most companies now understand this, but