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Managing Employment and Labor Disputes During COVID-19

– Layoffs, Pay Cuts and Termination of Employment Contracts

Monday, May 11, 2020

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (GMT +8)

(Registration Deadline: May 8th, 6 PM)

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is continuing to cause numerous challenges to companies operating in China. Since the beginning of 2020, the Chinese central and local governments have released various regulations to provide guidance and assistance to companies in China, helping them manage labor and employment issues relating to COVID-19.

While the overall aim of the Chinese Government is to avoid or mitigate unemployment due to COVID-19, many businesses in China face significant financial hardships and operational difficulties. Companies might find themselves with no choice but to consider the reduction of benefits, pay-cuts, and layoffs.

In light of this situation, the webinar will focus on:

  • Employment termination and layoffs as a result of COVID-19
  • Severance payment
  • Alternative working solutions (adjustment of salaries, short-time work, rotation of shifts, etc.)
  • Labor arbitration

Language: English


  • A Q&A session will be held at the end of the webinar to address the audience's questions. Participants can also send their inquiries in advance using the registration form.
  • After the registration is approved, you will receive an e-mail with Zoom meeting ID and Password one day prior to the event. Please ensure your e-mail address is valid, and please make sure to check your junk mail as well.
  • Registration & payment deadline is May 8, 18:00
  • For non-member: Once your registration is submitted, we will send you the Payment Notice as soon as possible. Only paid participants will receive a confirmation e-mail including login link (zoom) and access information for the webinar after 16:00, May 8. 
  • Cancellation policy: If you registered for this event but can not attend, please do let us know latest before 16:00, May 8. Participants who fail to cancel before 16:00, May 8 will be charged with the full price and fapiao will be issued afterwards in 10 working days.

Speaker & Moderator

  • Mr. Sebastian Wiendieck (German attorney-at-law and partner at Rödl & Partner China)

    Mr. Sebastian Wiendieck

    German attorney-at-law and partner at Rödl & Partner China

    Mr. Sebastian Wiendieck is a German attorney-at-law and partner with Rödl & Partner at their office in Shanghai. He heads the legal practice of Rödl & Partner in China. Since 2007 he has been in service for Rödl & Partner in China. Before joining Rödl & Partner in Shanghai he managed the offices in Guangzhou and Beijing. He provides cross-industry advice to mainly German small and medium enterprises on their activities in China. Mr. Wiendieck specializes in corporate law, M&A and dispute resolution. Prior to joining Rödl & Partner, he served as a litigation attorney at two international law firms in Frankfurt and Hong Kong, specializing in post-M&A arbitration proceedings.

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  • Ms. Vivian Yao (Moderator) (Partner at Rödl & Partner China)

    Ms. Vivian Yao (Moderator)

    Partner at Rödl & Partner China


3 PM - 3:05 PM
Login & Setup
3:05 PM - 3:10 PM
Opening Remarks by German Chamber of Commerce China | Shanghai
3:10 PM - 4 PM
Presentation by Mr. Sebastian Wiendieck
4 PM - 4:30 PM



This ticket option is only open to members and "Friends of Chamber" in Shanghai (East China) who have paid their membership fee in 2020.

Standard Price Free
Non-Member Ticket
Door Price RMB 100

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