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New Amendments to China’s Consumer Protection Law

On October 25, 2013, the legislative body in China passed amendments to its consumer protection law. According to Xinhua News, the amendments included better protections for consumers, added regulations for e-commerce, and tightened liabilities for businesses that violate the law.  Read More ›

What you Should Know About Contracting with a Chinese Company

China’s business presence these days are felt heavily around the world. With a large sovereign wealth fund and many independently wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs on the prowl, Chinese companies, large or small, are doing business everywhere from the United States to Africa to the Middle East; but contracting with a Chinese company sometimes could be tricky and if you don’t know what you are doing, you may just end up wishing you had never done business with that glamorous Chinese company in the first place.  Read More ›

China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

The highly anticipated Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) opened its doors on September 29, 2013. Officially named China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, it marks yet another step in China’s continuing efforts to reform. Although the specifics are not yet available, (and the government has stated that details will slowly drip to the public in the next three years), the pilot zone serves to liberalize China’s economy and perhaps kick start a broader reform agenda.   Read More ›

China Tax Alert: VAT Reform Expanded Nationwide on August 1st.

Last year, China introduced a pilot program in Shanghai to implement Value Added Tax (VAT) reform.  Please refer to our previous blog for more details about it ( .  In short, the old Business Tax  was replaced with VAT in the transport sector and certain service sectors in Shanghai and such reform later expanded to another 11 regions.  By a Circular issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation in May, 2013, the VAT reform has started to roll out nationwide from August 1. It means that shippers importing from and exporting to China, wherever it is in China, are now facing a 6% VAT tax.  The scope of services subject to the first phase of the pilot program remains unchanged.  In addition, the film, radio and television industries have also been added into the pilot program with a VAT rate of 6%.

Things An Employer Needs to Know Before Terminating an Employee Under China Labor Contract Law

The China Labor Contract Law came into effect on January 1, 2008.  It requires employment contracts to be in writing.  It further requires that an employer must sign a written employment contract with its employee within one month after the employee commences employment or the employer will have to pay the employee double salary until the employment contract is signed.  If a written employment contract is not signed after one year, the parties will be deemed to have entered into a permanent employment relationship (as opposed to a fixed-term employment).  Termination without a legally permitted cause is not allowed unless otherwise agreed by the employee at the time of termination.  The following is a summary of the legal grounds on which an employer may terminate an employee and the relevant compensation requirement (if applicable) under the Labor Contract Law. Read More ›

New Amendments to China Labor Contract Law to Set Restrictions on the Use of Labor Dispatch

On December 28, 2012, certain amendments to the China Labor Contract Law were adopted by the National People’s Congress, which will take effect on July 1, 2013. The purpose of these amendments is to tighten the loopholes regarding the use of labor dispatch. Read More ›

Revised GSP for the Pharmaceutical Industry Will Take Effect as of June 1, 2013

Good Supplying Practices (GSP) are the basic standards of the operation, management and quality control for the pharmaceutical industry. The Ministry of Health in China has revised the GSP in late January and the revised GSP will become effective on June 1, 2013.  Our colleagues at Junhe Law Firm, which was named the best Chinese Firm in 2012, have written a very good article summarizing the major revisions to the GSP.  Please click here for a copy of the article.

2012 Annual Inspection Starts March 1 - A Recap of General Procedures

In accordance with the Measures for the Annual Inspection of Enterprises, issued by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in February 2006, every company which is issued a business license, including limited liability companies, unincorporated entities, partnerships, sole proprietorship company and its branches and foreign companies, is subject to annual inspection.  Thus, wholly foreign owned enterprises (WFOE) are subject to the annual inspection requirements.  2012 annual inspection has officially begun on March 1 and will continue until June 30.  It is required for companies established in 2012, except those established towards December 2012.  However, such exemption needs to be approved by SAIC.  Read More ›

Beyond the China Headlines

Former U.S. Ambassador to China James Sasser headed an expert panel analyzing how recent PRC political and economic developments will impact U.S. companies in the Year of the Snake during a forum hosted in Frost Brown Todd’s Cincinnati office and streamed over the web earlier this month. Read More ›

State of Tennessee Opening for Business in China

Tennessee’ Department of Economic and Community Development will soon be opening an office in China to assist Volunteer State companies enter the China market, the New York Times noted recently. Read More ›

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Joseph J. Dehner Joe Dehner concentrates his practice on multinational business and securities disputes. He counsels a wide variety of companies, domestic and foreign, on issues confronting global business, including transnational investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, customs and trade issues, international business structures, distribution and agency agreements and the resolution of international disputes.