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Preparing an Employee Handbook in China

By EU SME Centre | Guidelines      01.07.2016     Tags: Other


What You Should Include and How to Make Accurate Social Insurance Calculations in China

To ensure your business operates smoothly in China, it is important to understand from the beginning how to best manage your local team and make your HR rules clear. Having a well-structured and practical employee handbook can be very helpful in this aspect.  

Whether you are about to set up a company in China, or plan to adjust your HR management system or prepare to strengthen your internal processes, this guide will provide you useful information in preparing the most practical employee handbook for your company.

It outlines all the essential elements that you should consider when preparing the handbook and contains a template guide that can be tailored to suit your business, giving you the foundations to develop your own version. The 24-page guide also explains in depth China’s social insurance system, including cost calculation examples and a list of relevant legislation.

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A Template for an Employee Handbook in China      
  • General Behaviour      
  • Standards for Recruitment Procedures
  • Workplace Security    
  • Working Hours and Overtime             
  • Holidays and Leave    
  • Remuneration Standards         
  • Staff Performance Assessment Procedures     
  • Confidentiality and Non-Compete      
  • Termination    
  • Labour Union 
Social Insurance in China

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About the Authors

Anderson Zhang, Senior Partner, Dacheng Law Office

Anderson's practice primarily focuses on employment and industrial relations. He has extensive experience in advising multinational corporations on the negotiations of collective agreements with trade unions and on all employment law aspects in M&A transactions. He regularly provides counsel to employers during corporate restructuring and advises on proper application of dismissal and termination clauses. In addition, Anderson advises employers in liquidation process on developing and implementing various human resources documents. Anderson is experienced in coaching PRC employment law issues for multinational corporations.

Anderson is also actively involved in commercial litigation and arbitration in the PRC. He has been involved in various disputes covering purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, warehousing contracts, processing contracts, commercial bills, business loans, equity transfers, office leases, bills of lading, letter of credit and franchise arrangements.

Ludmila Hyklova, Legal Advisor, EU SME Centre

Ludmila has been involved in legal consulting on international investment and cooperation for more than 17 years. She is now in charge of providing legal advice on foreign investment and import to China to European SMEs looking to establish themselves in the Chinese market.
After working as legal counsellor for multinational corporations, international organisations and projects in Europe, Ludmila Hyklova spent several years in China working for a European financial group, where she managed the legal and compliance department during its business start-up and later during its business development. She acquired broad knowledge and experience especially in foreign investment law, company and contract law, labour law, and tax law.


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