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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 20 years and leads the firm’s labor and employment practice in China. Kevin and his team of dedicated employment lawyers advise clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. He has a particular focus on staffing issues arising from acquisitions and other re-organisations, strategic employment counseling, resolving labor disputes, advising on anti-corruption compliance, investigating employees for misconduct or FCPA/anti-bribery violations, employee hiring and termination, immigration, mass layoffs and labor unrest, establishment and enforcement of company polices, advising on labor union issues, and drafting and negotiating collective contracts.

Kevin has wide industry experience, having represented or advised many of the world’s leading companies in the retail, luxury apparel and goods, manufacturing, entertainment, airline, energy, information technology, telecommunications, health care, biotechnology and energy sectors.

Kevin is regularly asked to contribute articles to various publications and is sought out by reporters for his expertise on employment related developments in China. He is also the author of two Practice Notes on Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law China site concerning terminating employees and handling mass layoffs.

Representative Experience

  • Assisting a leading retailer with successfully laying off nearly 100 employees across six cities in China
  • Assisting a manufacturer with an investigation of whistleblower claims of employee and distributor kickbacks, and the successful termination of those employees who were found to have been involved
  • Assisting a manufacturer with an investigation of employees allegedly submitting false reimbursement claims under a dental reimbursement plan, and the successful termination of nearly 20 employees found to have engaged in such practice
  • Leading an investigation into activities of members of the sales team for a pharmaceutical company which triggered issues relating to the FCPA and PRC anti-corruption laws
  • Assisting a leading food company with getting striking employees of a company it had just acquired back to work within a matter of days of the employees taking such action
  • 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; compensation and employee benefits; leaves of absence; wage and hour laws; social insurance, unionization issues; data privacy; and managing employment disputes
  • Advising a leading global real estate services company on the transfer of thousands of employees in the PRC due to a restructuring
  • 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 stainless steel company on the successful defense of a wrongful termination suit brought by its former general manager in the PRC, involving proceedings in labor arbitration and the People's Courts
  • 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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