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As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks involved when hiring independent contractors in their international operations.

While different countries have different levels of scrutiny when it ...

When people think about the reasons they have left an organization or have not accepted an offer with a company, one of the key common factors is perhaps something one might not expect: development, or rather, the lack thereof. Compensation, while certainly important, is often not the deciding factor in the decision to work or stay somewhere.

The same need for development seems to be a growing emphasis as part of the recruiting efforts in China for many ...

As many have read in recent news, an American business executive was held captive by employees of his medical supply factory outside of Beijing. The workers were reportedly worried about wages, layoffs, and the factory closing. While not harmed (he was brought three hot meals a day and allowed access to his attorneys), the executive was not allowed to leave the factory for six days until he agreed to what he called the workers’ “unjustified ...

In March, China’s leadership announced that the Ministry of Health and the National Population and Family Planning Commission will merge. This has been widely seen as a downgrade in authority for the latter commission, which oversees the implementation of China’s one-child policy. In fact, this governmental action has raised questions about whether China’s one-child policy itself will be eventually phased out.

China’s one-child policy ...

When I visited Spain last year, a local Spaniard talked with me about his thoughts as he watched coverage of the presidential election in the United States. The U.S. presidential election received worldwide attention as a game changer with far-reaching implications for other nations. However, as the U.S. was embroiled in its own elections, less attention was paid to the perhaps equally significant transition of leadership in China. On November 8 ...

With various reports touting China's economic slowdown, China still experienced a 7.6% growth in the second quarter of 2012. While this may indeed be a decrease from China's historic double-digit growth, it is still far ahead of any other country (i.e., U.S. +1.4%; Britain -0.2%; India +5.3%; and Brazil +0.2%). Thus, there remains strong incentive for companies to start operations in China with its initial lure of low labor costs and seemingly endless ...

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