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AustCham Event | Handling China Employment and Visa Issues Throughout and Beyond COVID-19
22 September @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pmRMB50
As China’s economy slowly picks up from the impact of COVID-19, many companies are still facing challenging human resourcing (HR) issues, including those related to employment and visas for foreign nationals.
In these difficult and uncertain times, some companies are forced to lower their costs to survive before the general economic situation recovers, which often means salary reductions and/or employee layoffs. However, complying with the relevant laws and regulations and following the proper legal procedures can be complicated.
Other companies, on the other hand, are desperate for their foreign employees to return to China for work since the ban on the entry of foreign nationals into China after March 28. Key developments since the ban include a fast-track channel allowing select foreign nationals (e.g., senior executives of large companies) to apply for special entry, and most recently an announcement on 10 August by the Chinese Embassy in Denmark that China will allow eligible foreign nationals from 36 countries to apply directly for a Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in those countries. However, in either case, applicants must still meet certain eligibility criteria and go through specific procedures to apply for and successfully obtain a visa.
Join Zhong Lun Law Firm and Valueplus Consulting, in collaboration with the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) South China and the British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) Guangdong, for our upcoming seminar as we address employment and visa issues throughout and beyond COVID-19.
Zhong Lun Law Firm’s and Valueplus Consulting’s presentations will include, but are not limited to, the following content:
Zhong Lun Law Firm:
Labour laws and regulations related to terminations, lay-offs, and salary reductions amid COVID-19 在新冠疫情期间终止劳动关系、裁员以及减薪相关的劳动法律法规
How to legally terminate or lay-off employees due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and other reasons? 如何在新冠疫情的经济影响等原因下合法终止劳动关系以及裁员？
What procedures need to be followed during and after terminating employees? 解雇员工时及之后需要依照什么程序？
What is the difference between a lay-off and a normal termination? What are the pros and cons of each? 裁员与普通终止劳动关系有何区别？各自优劣为何？
Can I reduce my employees’ salary or working hours due to the economic impact caused by COVID-19? If so, what are the processes I should follow to do this legally? 我可以因新冠疫情造成的经济影响减少劳动者的薪酬或工作时间吗？如果可以，我都要遵守什么合法程序？
Under what conditions must an employer pay an employee severance pay upon the employee’s termination of employment? 在什么情况下用人单位必须在终止员工劳动关系时支付劳动者遣散费？
For what reasons can an employer terminate an employee without paying the employee any severance pay? 出于什么原因用人单位在终止与劳动者的劳动关系是可以不用支付遣散费？
Case studies. 案例分析。
Who is eligible to apply for a new visa to return to China without an Invitation Letter from China Foreign Affairs Office? 谁有资格在不具有中国外交部邀请函的情况下申请入境新签证？
Who must obtain an Invitation Letter to be eligible for a new visa to enter China? 谁必须具有邀请函才有资格申请新签证入境？
How to apply for an Invitation Letter and how long will it take? 如何申请邀请函，这会耗时多久？
What to do if the work permit and residence permit is about to expire when I’m still outside China? 若在我位于境外期间工作证和居留证都即将过期该怎么办？
What are the 14-day quarantine procedures after I come back to China? 在我回中国后14天隔离程序是怎样的？
Tips on dealing with typical visa cases. 处理典型签证案例的技巧。
Following the presentations there will be time for Q&A and networking.
Date: Tuesday 22 September
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Zhong Lun Law Firm, Shenzhen Office
Address: 8-10/F, Tower A, Rongchao Tower, 6003 Yitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518026, P. R. China
Price: Members 50 RMB, Non-members 150 RMB
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Zhong Lun Law Firm中伦律师事务所
Kent Woo is a Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm Guangzhou Office, where he heads its premier international trade and investment team. Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Kent and has over 20 years of experience providing legal advice and services to international companies doing business in or with China. Kent’s expertise includes corporate and commercial law, foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, labour & employment, intellectual property, compliance & investigations, criminal defense, and litigation & arbitration. His clients are mainly multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises from various countries and regions around the world, including from Europe, the United States, India, Israel, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Zhong Lun Law Firm中伦律师事务所
Matthew Warr is a Legal Consultant at Zhong Lun Guangzhou Office. Matthew has a wealth of experience providing legal advice and services to international companies investing in or trading with China, and like Kent his expertise lies in the abovementioned areas. His clients mainly comprise companies from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and South East Asia. Matthew is also a Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) South China, is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin), and has lived in China for more than a decade.
Founder and General Manager创始人及总经理
Betty Zhang is the Founder and General Manager of Valueplus Consulting. Betty has 10 years of HR experience in Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung and PwC, and is an expert on Chinese visa policies, labour law, and talent attraction, development and retention. She established Valueplus Consulting to assist foreign companies in every stage of their growth including but not limited to their entry into China as well as their sustainable development and expansion throughout China.
About Zhong Lun Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm is a market leading, full service Chinese law firm. Since its founding in 1993, Zhong Lun has become one of the largest law firms in China, with 340+ partners and 2,100+ lawyers and professionals, including both recognized leaders in the Chinese legal profession and experienced senior lawyers from top international law firms.
Zhong Lun offers legal services across 28 core practice areas, and has a network of 11 domestic offices in mainland China in the leading centres of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Chongqing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Haikou as well as an office in the international gateway city of Hong Kong. Zhong Lun also has international offices in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Almaty, and maintains cooperative relationships with leading law firms in numerous countries and territories around the world for both inbound and outbound China-related matters. Zhong Lun is therefore well-positioned to provide clients with high quality legal services across a wide range of industries and sectors not only in China, but also in more than 90 jurisdictions around the world.
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About Valueplus Consulting
Valueplus Consulting is a leading corporate services company in South China. Valueplus Consulting provides foreign and local Chinese companies with a full range of corporate and human resources consultancy services. If you are a company wanting to enter the Chinese market, or in need professional corporate services, or looking to streamline existing operations, Valueplus Consulting can help. Our services include work visas, HR adv
isory, accounting and tax advisory, tailor-made training, talent development and retention etc.
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About AustCham South China
The China – Australia Chamber of Commerce – South China (AustCham South China) was established in 1994 to develop, promote and expand business relations between Australia and China through the representation of its membership.
As a registered NGO office in the People’s Republic of China, AustCham South China serves as Australia’s peak industry advocacy body in South China and supports its members by providing information, connections, business services and government relations assistance.