On April 24, 2017, Beijing Higher People’s Court and Beijing Labor and Personnel Dispute Arbitration Commission jointly issued the Answer on the Legal Application of Labor Dispute Cases. More than one year has passed since the Answer was issued, by reviewing recent judgments made by arbitration commissions and courts on dismissals during the probation period, further analysis is made regarding new changes as below.
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By Yin Juquan and Zhang Yuanhao King&Wood Mallesons’ Labor Group

尹居全The Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security (“SMBHRSS”) recently issued the “Implementation Measures of the ‘Rules of Guangdong Province on Maternity Insurance for Employees’” (Hereinafter as the “Implementation Measures”), which includes a series of operation specifications in accordance with the “Rules of Guangdong Province on Maternity Insurance for Employees” (Hereinafter as the “Rules”), as well as in combination with the local practice. Below is the summary of several key points of the “Implementation Measures” to present the updates of legal practice on maternity insurance in Shenzhen.
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Wang Rui, Partner, International Trade

The Chinese legislature created a hybrid from the different approaches adopted by civil and common law jurisdictions through the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “Copyright Law”) and the Regulations on the Implementation of the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China (the“Implementation Regulations”), and produced the twin concepts of “legal entity work” and “occupational work” for assigning rights to works made in the course of an employment relationship. For example, a book written by a group of employees organized by an entertainment company for celebrating the company’s anniversary would likely be considered “legal entity work”, but a piece of music composed by a composer employee (not for specific purposes) is “occupational work”, because in the former case, supervision of the company would be involved but the latter case it would not.
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Duan Haiyan, associate, Labor & Employment

The Implementation Regulations of the PRC Employment Contract Law, which has been anticipated for over a year, became effective on September 18, 2008. Overall, the Regulations are consistent with the spirit of the Employment Contract Law and resolves certain problems in its implementation. However, the Regulations have a relatively limited impact and failed to meet many expectations.
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The First Intermediate Court of Beijing recently issued a landmark decision under the new Labor Mediation and Arbitration Law (effective May 1, 2008). Under the new law, only employees can appeal certain arbitration decisions, while the employer is only able to request the court to vacate arbitration decisions on certain narrow grounds.

Wu Jing, Attorney, Labor & Employment

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