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Jonathan Isaacs

Jonathan Isaacs heads Baker McKenzie's China Employment Practice. Mr. Isaacs is listed as a leading lawyer for China employment law in various legal publications and has shared insights on labor and employment issues with many publications and media outlets, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, Reuters, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Voice of America, RTHK, LA Times and Fortune Magazine. He has also co-authored the leading treatise on Chinese employment law in English, Employment Law & Practice in China. He is admitted as a lawyer in the state of New York, USA.

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

As part of our continued efforts to guide clients through these challenging times, the Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Group brings you these recorded webinars which provide key and practical insights on employment and compensation trends and major challenges being faced by businesses across the region.

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

Based on a survey of 900 employment and I&D leaders across the globe, the second installment of the Mind the Gap series outlines the main barriers to I&D success and the key actions organizations can take to strengthen performance, manage risk and accelerate progress through their I&D programs.

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

Off the Shelf, the Global Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Podcast, provides short practical legal insights into the key issues affecting consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses. Episode 16: New Brand on the Block(chain): Consortium Considerations In the final episode of our blockchain for brands series, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief…

The Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation team has prepared the third quarterly update for 2020 highlighting key changes in employment laws across Asia Pacific. The fluctuating waves of COVID-19 mean that while in some jurisdictions employees are returning to the office, in others they continue to work remotely from home.…