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Bofu An is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Beijing office. His practice focuses on labor, employment and employee benefits. He was a Special Counsel at Baker McKenzie's Employment Practice Group in Beijing, before which he was an arbitrator at the Beijing Municipal Labor Disputes Arbitration Commission for several years. Not only had he worked for several years in a Beijing local law firm where he handled many labor dispute cases, he also has extensive in-house experience as legal counsel for China Light & Power Asia Limited.

The Guide to Doing Business in China provides an introduction to selected aspects relating to investment and business operations in the People’s Republic of China under current Chinese laws and policy during the COVID pandemic, including a summary of important areas of concern to all investors in China: mergers and acquisitions, data privacy issues, antitrust and competition issues, taxation, employment, intellectual property protection, trade and import and export rules, financial services, as well as anti-bribery compliance and dispute resolution issues.

In brief
• New parental and elder care leave requirements implemented throughout China
• New regulations allow employers to request criminal record searches of certain candidates and employees
• Regulations on vocational school interns undergo major revisions
• Latest amendments to Labor Union Law emphasize party leadership
• Guangzhou city further clarifies procedures for implementing mass redundancies
• Guangdong province implements new regulations concerning the human resources services market
• Supreme People’s Court holds ex-employees liable for infringement of former employer’s trade secrets
• Beijing court rejects employee’s claim that “proof of termination” affected his future employment prospects

In this issue: Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly issue guidance on overtime and working hours issues; Government provides administrative guidance for leading platform enterprises in order to protect gig workers; Beijing announces top 10 typical employment dispute arbitration cases of 2021; Company succeeds in liquidated damages claim against social media influencer; Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and three other authorities issue document supporting young people from Hong Kong and Macao to take up employment or start a business in the Greater Bay Area

The latest issue of the China employment law series looks at: what employers need to consider under the New Personal Information Protection Law, new measures to protect gig worker labor security rights and interests, the illegality of the ‘996’ work system, flexible employment measures for the Free Trade Zone enterprises, Shanghai court rulings on office phone conversations being used as evidence, Beijing court rulings on lawful dismissal, Shenzhen court rulings on dismissal, and new protection for delivery workers.

In this issue:
• Amendment to Work Safety Law issued
• Shenzhen issues electronic employment contract dispute settlement rules
• Guangdong High People’s Court publishes 10 typical labor dispute cases
• Jiangsu High People’s Court provides guidance on typical employment cases in Jiangsu Province
• Shenzhen releases Q&A on employment issues relating to COVID-19
• Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court publishes guidance on typical cases involving post-termination non-competition restrictions
• Shanghai High People’s Court rules cessation of employment legal when employee reaches statutory retirement age
• Beijing court requires general manager to return salaries due to false background information

Various new regulations issued on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao residents working in mainland China PRC authorities have recently issued several national notices to repeal the employment permit and work authorization requirement for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao residents (“HTM residents”) working in mainland China. Moreover, HTM residents are now eligible to receive residence…