Category: Labour

Legal Health Check for Your Chinese Subsidiary in 2023

From 8 January 2023, China dropped mandatory quarantine for inbound travelers and opened its borders. For the first time in 3 years, international travelers can utilise the 24/ 72/ 144 visa-exemption transit policy for short business trips. And Chinese nationals can freely travel aboard. For many European or American stakeholders with Chinese subsidiaries, the lifted…

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Employment visas in China – getting it right

Obtaining an employment visa for foreign nationals in China can be daunting. Often companies do not strictly adhere to the relevant rules and regulations, during the application process, which commonly results in delays and some cases visa rejections. At Horizons, we advise companies to factor in ample time to process the visa including additional documentation…

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Employer Obligations during Quarantine

Omicron sub-variant BA. 5.2.1 cases have been detected in China and cities across China are continuing to contain related omicron and sub-variant cluster breakouts through epidemic control and prevention measures ('Measures'). Specifically, those positive cases are quarantined for medical observation and close contacts or secondary contracts of the positive cases face temporary lockdown measures. For…

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Hong Kong Employment

Enforcing Post-termination Restrictions in Employment Contracts Employers may consider utilising post-termination restrictions (‘PTR’) in employment contracts to safeguard their business. Specifically, PTR is a common legal tool to prevent senior employees from damaging the interests of the company, actions include working for competitors, soliciting clients or suppliers, and poaching employees after departing the company. Employees…

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UPDATED:Preparing for employees returning to work after Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is usually a time for many Chinese citizens to return home and celebrate the new year. However, amidst the ongoing pandemic and domestic cases, only necessary travel is encouraged during the Chinese New Year. Provincial and municipal governments across China have issued local travel restrictions, nucleic test requirements, and mandatory quarantine for…

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