Classification of Employees Conducts in China’s Workplaces

Enactment of the Labor Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter “Labor Contract Law”) has very much changed the landscape of employer and employee relationships in Chinese workplaces. One of the most strongly felt pains is the inability for employers to dismiss unwanted employees as the Labor Contract Law has substantially restricted…

Work ethic among Chinese employees: water that is too clear has few fish

Water that is too clear has few fish, and one that is too critical has few friends. This is a Chinese idiom from old history. This reflects well an aspect of Chinese culture and philosophy with respect to interpersonal dealing among Chinese people. It preaches the idea that one shall be tolerant with other people’s mistakes and errors in order to be able …

good faith attempt/consultation to sign labor contract?

In a recent case involving a labor dispute in which I represented the employer, a foreign invested trading company set up by an investor from Africa, an interesting question came up in regard of the double salary claim often raised by employees.

CASE FACTS: the employee (Chinese national, not expats) left the company after working for half a year and immediately…