New Work Authorization Rules in China: What You Should Know

  • 05 Sep 2017
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 14th Floor, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
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The HKCCA’s Executive Committee invites you to the following presentation, hosted by Deacons.

Food and drinks will be provided. 1 Law Society of Hong Kong CPD point has been applied for. New York and California Approved Jurisdiction policy may apply.

TOPIC:  New Work Authorization Rules in China: What You Should Know

After the implementation of a pilot programme in ten locations of China for six months, the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has issued the Circular on the Implementation of Work Permit Services Guidelines for Foreigners in China (“Guidelines”), which takes effect from 1 April 2017 across the country. These guidelines may have a significant impact on China’s expats employment market and HR strategies.

Join us for an interactive forum where we will discuss the key changes of China employment authorisation rules and what MNCs should do to get prepared for these changes. We will share case studies and address the following hot issues, including the timing to commence an employment/secondment relationship with a foreigner, termination conditions, open-term contract, social insurance payment, hiring foreign interns, labour dispatch through work agencies and inter-regional mobilities.

We will address the following issues:

  • What are the impacts on foreigners’ employment and visa rules in China?
  • Will the time frame to obtain a work permit in China be extended?
  • Any additional supporting documents required?
  • What should be aware of when planning a cross-border secondment arrangement?
  • Will Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan residents working and staying in China be impacted?


Helen Liao, Senior Associate, Deacons, Hong Kong

Helen Liao focuses on PRC employment law and has over 12 years of experience in the practice. She advises multinational companies on employment compliance issues involving employers in the PRC and Hong Kong. Her clients cover a broad range of sectors, including the airline, telecommunications, media, supermarket, fuel, construction, retail and financial services industries. As a dual-qualified lawyer in both the PRC and Hong Kong, Helen has a particular focus on cross-border employment arrangements, immigration and complex multi-jurisdictional labour issues arising from global talent mobility and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing situations and other reorganisations.

Prior to joining the firm, Helen worked as a senior editor for a prestigious international online legal knowhow service provider. Before that, she had been in private practice for nearly 10 years in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong at the offices of both international and top-tier PRC law firms.

Helen is recognised by World Bank as an “expert” on China employment law for her regular contributions to the IFC-World Bank’s global “Doing Business” project. She has also been active in delivering public seminars in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to various HR management organisations and key MNC clients in respect of recent developments in the China and HK employment law practice. 


Venue: 14th Floor, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Date: 5 Sept. 2017
Time:  12.30 for lunch, 13.00 - 14.00 for presentation
RSVP:  Please register your attendance online no later than 1 Sept. 2017. If you register but are then unable to attend, please email and tell us so that other members on any waitlist may attend. 

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