There is some truth to an old expression about China employees, “once hired, never fired.” Terminating a Chinese employee is rarely going to be easy, but if that employee is on probation, you do have a better chance of not getting sued for doing so.

China does allow probationary periods for Chinese employees, but only

Just received an email from a friend stating/asking the following (note that I have changed some elements of the email to strip it of any even potentially identifying information):

I am heading off again to work for a few years at our China Rep Office.  My new employment contract with the head office says that

Just read a great post on China HR by my friend Ben Shobert.  The post is wrongly titled, “The Unique Human Resource Challenges in China’s Healthcare Market.”   The post is wrongly titled because the challenges are universal to those doing business in China and are in no way confined to just the healthcare sector.