Arlo Kipfer

Arlo is based in Bogotá, where he advises clients on Latin America and China business issues. In addition, Arlo has advised clients on the establishment of several independent and joint venture international schools and he is a frequent speaker at international school conferences.

China Employment Law

The China Rules on Terminating an Employee

Terminating Employees in China Terminating an employee’s contract in China is far from a straightforward process. China’s employment laws impose stringent regulations that require employers to navigate a complex legal framework. The repercussions of mishandling a China employee termination can be severe, ranging from costly legal battles to reputational damage. This blog post outlines the

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China Employee Discipline: Your Rules and Regulations are the Starting Point

China-Specific Employee Rules and Regulations are Key A strong foundation in employee relations protects both your business and your workforce. It minimizes misunderstandings, reduces legal risks, and promotes trust and loyalty among your employees. This, in turn, leads to a more engaged and productive work environment. One key element of compliant employee relations is having

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China Legal Compliance Basics

Legal Compliance for Your China Operations The Chinese market still offers vast potential for many businesses, but navigating its legal environment requires ongoing attention. As Chinese regulations and economic conditions shift, foreign companies benefit from prioritizing legal compliance. Compliance with Chinese law goes beyond simply avoiding penalties. It demonstrates your company’s commitment to responsible business

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What to Do If You Think You Are a Victim of Internet Fraud

The Pig-Butchering Scam, also known as Sha Zhu Pan (杀猪盘), Crypto Romance Scam, CryptoRom, or Hybrid Investment Romance Scam, is a deceptive and harmful scheme that preys on individuals on dating apps and social media. Scammers patiently build trust with their targets over weeks or even months, luring them into fake investment opportunities in cryptocurrency,

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China Employment Documents: The 101

China Employment Documents Let’s face it, navigating China’s employment laws and regulations is challenging. From stringent contract requirements to unusual policies on probation periods, vacation time and more, understanding and adhering to China’s local employment practices is pivotal yet complex. This article provides foreign employers an in-depth guide on effectively creating employment documentation in China.

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China’s Mass Layoff Laws in These Tough Times

China’s Mass Layoff Laws As China’s economy continues to worsen, and as so many foreign companies seek to “lighten their China footprint” or to leave China entirely, my law firm’s China employment lawyers are being hit with a big uptick in questions regarding China employee layoffs. China’s mass layoff laws are strict and protective of

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A Proactive Approach for Preventing China Employment Problems

Chinese Employment Law Complexities Employers in China, (especially foreign employers) face myriad, complicated and hyper technical local employment laws. This often means that one small employer mistake can lead to big and expensive problems. As much as we wish all our employment law clients would first come to us requesting we audit their employment program

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A China Employment Best Practices Guide

China Employment Best Practices Navigating China’s employment laws is a bit like untangling a complicated puzzle. One wrong move? You could face hefty fines, damaging lawsuits, or even criminal charges. But don’t worry! We’ve poured our extensive experience into this guide to help you navigate with greater confidence. If you want to better understand China’s

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International Employment Agreements That Ensure Success for Your Overseas Subsidiary

If you have a foreign subsidiary, you need to protect your intellectual property (IP) and company policies with tailored employment agreements. Otherwise, you risk losing valuable assets, facing legal disputes, and damaging your reputation. In this post, we’ll show you how to create an effective overseas subsidiary employment agreement package that covers all the essential

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China Employee Severance Payments

In late 2017, an old and yet important set of China Employment laws —the Measures for Severance Payment due to Violation or Termination of Employment Contracts — issued by the then-Ministry of Labor back in 1995 was abolished by the PRC Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Since our China employment lawyers keep getting