The Impact of the Coronavirus on Employment Law and HR Compliance in China

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: March 25, 2020
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• Overview of Coronavirus
• Prevention and control measures
• Isolation periods (Quarantine)
• Legal issues related to telecommuting, and suspended business operations
• Overtime and Compensatory Time-Off
        - Forced Time Off
        - Deferred Payment
        - Partial Furlough/Reduced Work Hours
        - Furloughing
        - Pay Reduction
        - Termination

Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Recorded: March 25, 2020


The number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise although there are still critical business enterprises to attend to. Some organizations have swiftly enacted polices to guide HR through the spread of COVID-19, while others have been slow to implement guidelines.

Our expert team of attorneys discussed challenges faced and the employment law measures they have enacted and their effects. This program focused on the unique aspects of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus and the challenges it poses to business operations.

This program was recorded on March 25th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


James Zimmerman

Perkins Coie LLP

James Zimmerman is a partner in the Beijing office of Perkins Coie LLP and counsels foreign companies on corporate, transactional, regulatory, litigation, and white collar criminal defense matters in China. Jim is the author of the ABA’s China Law Deskbook, which is a go-to legal reference for companies conducting business in China. He was elected to four terms as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce China, and is an active member in the foreign business community in Beijing.

Jim has been practicing law for 30 years and has lived and worked in China since 1998. Jim has amassed industry experience that ranges from media, hospitality, automotive, aviation, medical devices, pharmaceutical, petroleum and financial services. Jim helps clients overcome the complexities of doing business in China’s market and guides clients in navigating domestic regulatory regimes; securing approvals from the government; and enlisting the support of government authorities for modifications and enhancements to prevailing legal processes, standards and measures. He has developed special expertise of assisting individuals detained and prosecuted under China’s broad and ambiguous national security and state secrecy laws and regulations, including a number of high-profile and politically sensitive cases.

Jim has received long-standing recognition as one of China’s leading business lawyers from such publications as the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey, in the areas of Chinese law, dispute resolution and general corporate law, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: The Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms in the area of corporate/M&A for foreign law firms in China. Jim is an in-demand presenter, media commentator and author on issues related to US-China relations and the operational environment for foreign companies conducting business in China, and his OpEd articles have been published in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the South China Morning Post, and the China Daily.

Johnny Choi

DLA Piper

Johnny Choi is a Partner and head of DLA Piper's employment team in China. He supports multinational clients on all types of legal matters that involve their employees, including employment contracts, remuneration, data privacy, layoffs, employee IP infringements and ethical violations. Johnny has been recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific for his PRC employment expertise consistently since 2013.

Sebastian Wiendieck

Rödl & Partner

Sebastian Wiendieck is partner at Rödl & Partner and head of their legal practice in China. Sebastian is a German qualified attorney-at-law. He joined Rödl & Partners’ China practice in 2007 where he was head of the Beijing and Guangzhou office before he moved to the Shanghai office in 2015. Sebastian advises German and international companies on their business transactions in China. Among others, he specializes in Chinese labor and social insurance law.

Yuanyou "Sunny" Yang

Of Counsel
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Yuanyou (“Sunny”) Yang is Of Counsel in the Pittsburgh office of Porter Wright Morris Arthur LLP. Admitted to practice in both the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China, Ms. Yang is a corporate attorney who focuses her practice on international business matters and trade. She represents Chinese entities doing business in the U.S., as well as U.S. entities pursuing investments and operating in China. When advising U.S. companies doing business in China, Ms. Yang has counseled clients through market entry, corporate governance, employment and regulatory compliance and Asia-Pacific strategic planning.

Ms. Yang is active in several industry organizations, holding leadership roles in regional and national bar associations. She has authored multiple books, chapters, and articles related to international business, international trade, international investment and dispute resolution with specialized focus on U.S. and Chinese law.

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