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TransAsia Partners Present at the IOE Global Industrial Relations Network

03 April 2008

Istanbul: The Global Industrial Relations Network, organized by the International Organization of Employers (IOE), is a 2-day forum that brings together key industrial relations and HR executives from leading multinational companies to discuss global industrial relations practices.

Isabelle Wan and Jesse Chang were invited to speak at the event and jointly presented a brief outline of China's employment legal framework, coupled with practical advice for doing business in China. The topics covered in the partners' presentation included:

  • Employment Contract Law: overview of critical changes for employers
  • Employment law problems: issues that have surfaced after 1 January 2008 and their impact on multinationals
  • ECL detailed implementing rules: deliberation status
  • Contracts: conclusion, performance, renewal, termination and expiration
  • Probationary periods and minimum wages: requirements
  • Open-ended contracts: circumstances that trigger their application
  • Employee handbook: purpose and function
  • New rules: annual leave and statutory working hours
  • Trade unions: no longer an issue that employers can ignore
  • Employers: legal liabilities under the ECL
  • Crisis management: it happens to all companies when you least expect it