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China: Contracts of employment

Original and updating author: Huimin (Laura) Wang, Squire Patton Boggs

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  • All employment contracts must be in writing, with the exception of part-time work contracts. (See General)
  • A probationary period is not required but is permitted except in certain specified cases. (See Probationary periods)
  • Statute provides for three types of written contract, which are: open-ended contracts; fixed-term contracts; and specific-task contracts. (See Types of contract)
  • Written employment contracts must include certain specified information. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • An employment contract cannot be varied without the employee's consent. (See Variation of contract)