Firing an Employee for Kickbacks

KickbacksRecently I received a phone call from a friend asking how he could fire his office manager who, he discovered, was asking (and probably taking) bribes from the company’s suppliers. The full story goes as follows.

My friend is the general manager of a foreign-invested company in China. Thanks to the expansion of the company’s business, his company was relocating to a bigger office. Several service suppliers were involved in the renovation works of the new office. The problem was that, very strangely, the renovation works were progressing very slowly. The general manager called the suppliers complaining about the delays. The suppliers told him that the company office manager was requesting bribes to allow them to enter the new office premises and conduct the renovation works.

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Unexpected Visits: an Old Method for Credit Recovery

In China, it is not unusual for companies to receive unexpected visits when Chinese New Year approaches.

Last year, for example, a couple of weeks before Chinese New Year, a foreign-invested company located in a Shanghai industrial park happened to receive a visit from a dozen people.

Wondering why these visitors had shown up on his doorstep, the company manager realized that they wanted him to settle an outstanding bill for certain renovation work. In fact, their employer told them that their outstanding salaries and year-end bonuses could not be paid because of this foreign-invested customer.

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