Business Lunch: How to Hire and Fire (Legally) in Vietnam

Date(s) - 28/02/2013
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Event Description

Foreign investors entering Vietnam, though pleased to find a skilled, hard-working, low-cost labor force already in place, are often taken aback by the country’s restrictive labor and employment laws. While the regulations under the socialist state are understandably pro-labor, employers can encounter hurdles in unexpected places. This business luncheon, presented by Tilleke & Gibbins, will offer employers insight into how best to overcome these difficulties and position themselves for success.

Attendees will learn about best practices for hiring and firing employees in Vietnam, including such key issues as:

  • Employment contracts: What is the necessary framework and how does Vietnam differ from other jurisdictions?
  • Labor discipline: What rules – and what penalties – are permissible?
  • Termination: Is there a pain-free way to fire an employee?

The entire discussion will be set within the framework of Vietnam’s new Labor Code, which is set to come into effect on May 1, 2013.


11:30 am Registration and Refreshments
12:00 pm Lunch is served
12:30 pm Introduction and Presentation, followed by Q&A
13:30 pm Event Ends


Members: 600,000 VND | Non-members: 700,000 VND


Michael Lee Tilleke & Gibbins


Michael K. Lee

Partner and Head of Corporate/Commercial

Tilleke & Gibbins, Ho Chi Minh City

Tel: +84 8 3936 2069



Michael K. Lee is a partner and the head of the corporate and commercial team in the Vietnam offices of Tilleke & Gibbins. Lauded by Chambers Asia for his “thorough approach,” Michael counsels clients and manages cases on a wide range of corporate matters, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, commercial transactions, regulatory affairs (particularly for the life sciences and high technology industries), and labor.

A registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam and an arbitrator for the Vietnam International Arbitration Center, Michael has been practicing in Vietnam since 2007, previously with Mayer Brown JSM. Also a licensed lawyer in California (1996), Texas (1997), and Colorado (1998), Michael has extensive experience litigating civil and criminal matters in the United States. He is fluent in English and Korean.

Michael has been identified as a leading lawyer in Vietnam in the areas of Corporate and M&A (by Chambers Asia Pacific and PLC Which Lawyer), Projects, Infrastructure, and Energy (by Chambers Asia Pacific), and Real Estate (by Asialaw Leading Lawyers).

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