Category: HR & Staffing

Know the Books of Bookkeeping in China

 For US-based small and medium companies with representative offices in China, it’s important to think through internal bookkeeping structures and plans. Severe legal implications and financial consequences lie ahead for companies processing payroll and bookkeeping without relevant qualifications.

/ March 18, 2016

As China tweaks social policies, maternity leave grows in Shanghai

Shanghai’s maternity leave has increased from the national baseline of 98 days to 128 days, and paternity leave remains at 10 days. Married couples in Shanghai are also entitled to seven days marriage leave in addition to the three-day national...

/ March 16, 2016

How China’s New ‘Family Planning’ Regulations Affect Foreign Businesses

With a population of almost 1.4 billion people, China’s family planning laws are incredibly important. While many people may be aware of China’s previous ‘one child policy’, the country also had a number of other rules and regulations in place...

/ January 14, 2016

State Council Announces 2016 Holiday Dates

On December 10th, the State Council announced the dates for 2016 national holidays. As with last year, the Lunar New Year holiday comes with a working day during the weekends before and after the weeklong holiday. The other weeklong National...

/ December 15, 2015

What Scarce Labor Means for Talent Development in China

A look at what best practices attract the best talent Jennifer Lawrence A China-based human resources (HR) director for a leading US multinational corporation (MNC) recently lamented, “We recruited for a regional sales director based in Shanghai, selected four candidates...

/ June 1, 2015

Relocating Operations: Effective Communication Strategies

By Owen Haacke Rising costs, changing demand, and new zoning requirements are a few of the reasons companies may relocate their operations within China. Be it anticipated or unexpected, intercity or interprovincial—moving an operating facility is a complex, expensive, and...

/ April 22, 2015
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How One China Strategist Leapt His Own Great Wall

A former China market entry strategist answers questions about the cultural issues of American-Chinese business relations and discusses how American companies should manage these differences. By Ellen Huber When Den Leventhal found himself singing a near-and-dear Hebrew song at a...

/ March 12, 2015

The Glass Ceiling in China: Is it Getting Thinner or Thicker?

What does the prominence of successful businesswomen, despite pressure from society and family, say about the glass ceiling in China? By Bennett Voyles Family pressures and workplace biases mean that women in China have only a one-in-15 chance of reaching...

/ January 7, 2015

Reinventing Globalization: China’s Second Continent

The following excerpts are from former New York Times reporter Howard W. French’s most recent book, China’s Second Continent, which details the lives of China’s one million-plus migrants in Africa. Modern globalization’s first great wave has now crested, and is...

/ November 24, 2014

The Business of Urbanization in China

The government is preparing to throw billions into urbanization in China, but has it thought through the hardware challenges? By Colin Shek Perhaps the most striking way to take in China’s startling urbanization is to sit in front of a...

/ September 16, 2014