Event Details

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Join this online session to gain an improved understanding of employer/employee rights under the current circumstances – especially in relation to foreign employees. Speakers will define legal obligations and prerogatives contrasted with corporate best practice for duty of care and business continuity. Speakers will also share practical actions and advice that participants can act on immediately.

Following further restrictions on travel into China in anticipation of a worsening situation abroad due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many expatriates are now stranded in their home or a third country for an undefined period.

 

Almost overnight, key managers of China businesses are stuck and underperforming in the wrong time zone; global events are having a direct impact on who is available for class when the schools go back - can recalled teachers still overseas be replaced? How should employers react to families divided by international restrictions on movement? What rights do foreign nationals have and are they different from those of Chinese employees? What will be the lasting impact of decisions taken today on a company's brand and reputation from a hiring and retention perspective?

 

In a discussion facilitated by Alex Roberts, co-chair of BritCham Shanghai's Legal & Compliance Committee, Jeffery Wilson, council of JunHe LLP's employment law practice, and Michael Hickman, former lawyer and Control Risks consultant on business continuity and duty of care issues, will explore how companies should (and shouldn't) treat China-based employees who are foreign nationals, trying to answer questions such as those above as well as others posed by participants of this webinar. Jeffery and Michael will discuss the legal limits and implications for employers and employees, overlaid by best practice and pragmatic advice in the evolving uncertainty.


Event Agenda:



  • 16:50 - 17:00 ZOOM login
  • 17:00 - 17:05 Introduction
  • 17:05 - 17:30 Discussion
  • 17:30 - 17:50 Q&A Session
  • 17:50 - 18:00 Closing Remarks 


Notes:


Participants can send their questions in advance using the registration form.


This webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. You will receive an email with a ZOOM meeting ID and password one day before the event. Please ensure your email address is valid, and please make sure to check your junk box as well.


In case of cancellation, please kindly note you must email the BritCham Shanghai Event staff Hilary.Wu@britishchambershanghai.cn before 4pm, 1 April. Due to the service charges of Event Bank and online payment platforms, we can only partially refund up to 90% of your ticket price and payment will be processed within 14 days after the event via your original payment method. However, it is non-refundable for cancellation request made beyond the above mentioned timeframe.

Speakers

  • Michael Hickman (Principal at Control Risks)

    Michael Hickman

    Principal at Control Risks

    http://www.controlrisks.com/

    Michael is a Principal at Control Risks focused on Greater China and the North Asia region. A member of the bar in New York, and fluent in Chinese, Michael has been working in China and throughout Asia since the 1980s.

    Michael advises client on matters involving risk management, compliance and ethics, crisis management, business continuity planning and training.

    Prior to joining Control Risks, Michael worked with several international law firms including Cleary Gottlieb, Simmons & Simmons, Fried Frank and Haiwen, a leading Chinese corporate law firm.

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  • Jeffrey Wilson (Counsel at JunHe LLP)

    Jeffrey Wilson

    Counsel at JunHe LLP

    Jeffrey Wilson is counsel in JunHe LLP’s Shanghai office and part of the employment law practice. He has almost three decades of experience assisting multinational corporations with employment and immigration matters in the China region. He has been based in Shanghai since 2002. He is a graduate of from the University of Washington in Seattle.

    Twice annually he provides day-long China employment law trainings in London. He also speaks and writes regularly on China employment and immigration issues.

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  • Alex Roberts (Counsel at Linklaters LLP Shanghai Representative Office)

    Alex Roberts

    Counsel at Linklaters LLP Shanghai Representative Office

    http://www.linklaters.com/

    As a corporate and technology lawyer based in Shanghai, Alex has been working closely with clients on their China-related matters for over 10 years. His extensive knowledge of international and local law regimes and on-the-ground experience of market practice put him in a strong position to understand dynamic businesses’ cross-border needs when operating in China.

    Alex has completed an executive MBA at China Europe International Business School.

    Alex acts as co-chair of the Legal & Compliance Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, and previously acted as chair of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone Focus Group.

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Tickets

Member Ticket

This webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. You will receive an email with a ZOOM meeting ID and password one day before the event. Please ensure your email address is valid, and please make sure to check your junk box as well.

Member Price Free
Non-member Ticket

This webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. You will receive an email with a ZOOM meeting ID and password one day before the event. Please ensure your email address is valid, and please make sure to check your junk box as well.

Standard Price Free