China Bribery. Not Smart and Not Necessary.

China Bribery. Not Smart and Not Necessary. China bribery. Don’t. Just Don’t. Earlier this week I gave a talk before the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland. One of the things I talked about was how it is wrong to contend that contracts are not needed in China because of court corruption. I talked of…

China Labor and Employment Disputes Are Increasing. Yeah, We Knew That.

China Labor and Employment Disputes Are Increasing. Yeah, We Knew That. China employment laws and foreign companies. One tough mudder. The China Labor Bulletin just did a post revealing something my law firm’s China lawyers (especially our China employment lawyers) have sensed/felt for quite a while: China employees increasingly know their rights and have no compunction…

China Licensing Agreements – Look Before You Leap

China Licensing Agreements – Look Before You Leap China Licensing Agreements: The 101 As IP protection in China continues to grow stronger, foreign companies are seeking to access the Chinese market in increasingly sophisticated ways. For many such companies, a license agreement makes the most sense, and to no one’s surprise at our firm, we…

Terminating A China Employee Without Severance: It Can Be Done

Terminating A China Employee Without Severance: It Can Be Done Terminating a China employee? You need the right tools. I am constantly writing about how China’s labor laws generally favor employees and how Chinese arbitrators and courts also favor employees. However, employers who do all the right things can prevail against their employees, or at least…

China Employee Salary Reductions: It’s Complicated

China Employee Salary Reductions: It’s Complicated Salary reductions in China Can an employer in China unilaterally reduce the salary of one or more of its employees? Like so much having to do with China employment law, it depends. Because labor remuneration is an often-litigated issue in China, employers should be very careful when reducing an employee’s…

Quick Question Friday, China Law Answers, Part XXXVX

Quick Question Friday, China Law Answers, Part XXXVX Because of this blog, our China lawyers get a fairly steady stream of China law questions from readers, mostly via emails but occasionally via blog comments as well. If we were to conduct research on all the questions we get asked and then comprehensively answer them, we…

China Defamation Law – Based on a (Mostly) True Story

China Defamation Law – Based on a (Mostly) True Story Making a biopic – a biographical movie about real people– is complicated. And one of the biggest concerns is liability for defamation. In an ideal world, filmmakers would get everyone depicted in the movie to sign a release. But that’s often impractical: people want too…

China Employee Vacation Days: China Employment Law Writ Small

China Employee Vacation Days: China Employment Law Writ Small When it comes to your China employment law matter, you should keep the following three important precepts always in mind: China’s employment laws and its legal system favor employees over employers. As in most countries, the employer is presumed to be the more powerful party, so…

China Customs Violations and How to Avoid Jail Time

China Customs Violations and How to Avoid Jail Time An article from CBCNews, entitled, B.C. winery owners facing life in Chinese prison for smuggling, shows how risky it can be to get on the wrong side of China’s customs service. The article is on a Canadian couple facing a long jail term in China for allegedly underreporting…

China Employee Terminations when Economic Circumstances Change

China Employee Terminations when Economic Circumstances Change China employment law: know the rules Terminating a China-based employee usually requires good cause. A serious breach of employer rules and regulations can be a basis for an employer’s unilateral termination of an employee, but China employers have other options as well. A China-based employer may terminate an employment contract…