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Rutgers School of Law
Miami University (Ohio)

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New York Pennsylvania

Kevin L. Jones


Kevin Jones has been based in Greater China for more than 16 years and is the leader of Faegre Baker Daniels' labor and employment practice in China. Kevin advises clients on all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and he has represented many of the world's leading companies. Kevin has a particular focus on staffing issues arising from acquisitions and other re-organisations, strategic employment counseling, employee hiring and termination, establishment and enforcement of company polices, advising on trade union issues, drafting and negotiating collective contracts, labor disputes and anti-corruption compliance.

Kevin has wide industry experience, having represented or advised multinationals in the retail, luxury apparel and goods, manufacturing, entertainment, airline, energy, information technology, telecommunications, health care, biotechnology and energy sectors. Prior to specializing in handling China employment matters, he worked on a wide range of China and cross-border regional corporate transactions.

Representative Experience

  • Advising a leading retailer on all employment issues regarding establishing and managing a retail workforce in China, including advice on employment hiring and termination; cross-border employment issues; arrangements with labor dispatch agencies; establishment and enforcement of company policies, including policy rollout and training; compensation and employee benefits, including stock incentives; leaves of absence; wage and hour laws; social insurance, unionization issues; data privacy; and managing employment disputes and risk management
  • Advising several of the world's leading airlines on a variety of employment issues in Hong Kong and the PRC, including employment contracts for local employees, drug testing and search policies, fraud and abuse reporting policies, and termination of employees
  • Advising a leading global real estate services company on the transfer of thousands of employees in the PRC due to a restructuring
  • Assisting a leading global manufacturer with successful negotiations with employees of one of its plants in the PRC that was to be closed, resulting in employees agreeing to return to work to complete outstanding orders and an orderly and successful liquidation
  • Assisting a U.S. world leading designer and manufacturer in mixed-signal digital display controllers with negotiating an arrangement with more than 40 employees for mutual termination, successfully coordinating and persuading all affected employees to sign mutual termination agreements across offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong in one day
  • Advising a leading global media and entertainment company on the proposed implementation of savings plans in the PRC for expatriates and local employees, and the registration of its stock incentive plan with the State Administration of Foreign Exchange
  • Advising a leading Scandinavian stainless steel company on its defense of a wrongful termination suit brought by its former general manager in the PRC, involving proceedings in labor arbitration and the People's Court
  • Advising a global biotechnology company on the transfer of hundreds of employees of one of its business units in the PRC pursuant to an asset deal


  • Chambers Asia-Pacific — China Employment, 2011-15
  • Legal 500 — China Employment, 2010-12


  • China's Legal Environment - Labor and Employment Legislation
    International Study Programs, Shanghai, December 2014
  • Employing Staff in and from Asia
    The Expatise Academy, Amsterdam, November 2014
  • Human Rights – A Battleground for Employers and Unions?
    American Bar Association Fall Meeting, International Law Section, London, October 2013
  • China's Labor Policy Landscape: "Dispatched" Workers, Collective Bargaining and Other Labor Challenges
    U.S.-China Business Council, Shanghai, 2013
  • Key Issues Employers Need to Be Aware of When Transferring Employees to China
    International Employment Law and Business Immigration Seminar, Budapest, 2013
  • Employing in China: Complying With Chinese Employment Law
    Center for Competitive Management, June 2012

Published Articles

  • China Has New Visa Requirements
    Society for Human Resource Management, May 2015
  • China's Anti-Corruption Crackdown: How Company Policies Should Deal with Employees Who Break the Law
    Inside Counsel, April 2015
  • China’s Anti-Corruption Crackdown: The Dawn Raid
    Inside Counsel, March 2015
  • How to Prepare for Collective Bargaining in Guangdong
    China Law & Practice, January 2015
  • How to Successfully Conduct Mass Layoffs In China
    Law360, March 2014
  • Jurisdictional Report: China
    Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, 2014 Jurisdiction Factfile
  • People's Republic of China
    Chapter Author, Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Kluwer Law International Publishing, March/April 2014 Special Issue Publication
  • Chinese Labor Law 2013 Year in Review
    Society for Human Resource Management, December 2013
  • 3 Major Changes to China's Labor Landscape
    Law360, December 2013
  • How to Create Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs in China
    Industry Week, November 2013
  • Are U.S. Companies tempting the China Tax Authorities Over Seconding?
    Inside Counsel, October 2013
  • Chinese Authorities Provide Guidance for Changed Visa and Work Permit Processes
    Inside Counsel, September 2013
  • Employers in China Must be Prepared to Engage in Collective Bargaining
    Inside Counsel, August 2013
  • New Law and Increasing Labor Disputes Threaten Less Costly Labor in China
    The Illinois Manufacturer, Summer 2013
  • Avoiding Hostage Situations When Terminating Employees in China
    Inside Counsel, July 2013
  • Travelers to China: Exit-Entry Law to Take Effect on July 1
    Director of Finance Online, June 2013
  • China's Remedy for Labor Inequity Could Spark Unrest
    Law360, April 2013
  • Changes in China Visa Rules May Be Tied to Immigration Law, Leadership Handover
    International Trade Reporter, September 2012


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