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[Organized by AmCham Vietnam] HR Committee Morning Briefing: Risks in Terminating Problem Employees | 31/10/2017


Event Description

We would like to invite you to the breakfast meeting themed “Risks in Terminating Problem Employees” hosted by AmCham on 31 October 2017.

Generally speaking, Vietnam’s labor law is very employee-friendly, especially on issues related to employment termination. Unlike the law of many other jurisdictions, Vietnamese law does not recognize the concept of “termination at will”. Employment termination must follow strict requirements on reasons and procedures, and the cases in which an employer can terminate its employees are fairly limited. However, in practice businesses often rely solely on their internal corporate policy or practices, or do not fully consider legal requirements in dealing with termination cases, exposing them to the major risk of having their termination decisions challenged by the impacted employees and found unlawful by Vietnamese courts.

To address the business community’s needs of basic knowledge and practical advice on this subject matter, we organize this event with the aim to provide a forum for employment lawyers to share their expertise in employment termination with businesses, allowing them to raise their concerns and seek legal recommendations.

At the event, a presentation on the Vietnamese legal framework regarding employment termination will be delivered by employment law experts from the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Vietnam, and followed up by a Q&A session.

Time:  Tue, 31/10/2017 | 8:30 – 10:30
Venue: The Reverie Saigon, 22-36 Nguyen Hue, D.1 – Ho Chi Minh City


08:30 am Registration
09:00 am Welcome, Introduction
09:05 am Presentation, followed by Q&A
10:30 am Event ends

AmCham Members: VND 550,000 | Non-members: VND 700,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.

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Sarah Galeski, Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Ltd.

Ms. Sarah Galeski is a Special Counsel in the employment law group at Baker & McKenzie in Vietnam. Sarah has been a member of Baker & McKenzie’s employment team in Vietnam for four years, and prior to coming to Vietnam, acted as a litigator in Canada for four years, where her work involved many contentious employment matters.

Sarah has experience in a full range of employment law matters. She has expertise on contentious employment matters such as dismissals and the negotiation of separation agreements, as well as non-contentious matters such as the drafting of employment contracts, internal labour regulations, service agreements and consultancy agreements. Sarah also advises on employment issues in relation to global asset and share transactions.

Sarah regularly provides employment training to senior managers and presents at the local chambers of commerce on issues ranging from whistle-blower protection, to new legal developments, to employee dismissals.

Sarah is a graduate of McGill University (BA, International Development and Psychology, 2003) and  studied law at the University of British Columbia (LLB, 2008).  While attending law school, Sarah received the Davis & Company prize in Asian Law.  Sarah  is a member of the British Columbia Law Society.

Van Trung Khuat, Associate, Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam) Ltd.
Practice Areas
Labor and Employment
Practice Description

Mr. Khuat started working at Baker & McKenzie in April 2012. His main practice focuses on labor and employment. In addition, his practice also covers foreign investment, and litigation. Regarding employment law practice, Mr. Khuat coordinates the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group in Vietnam and the wider Asia Pacific and Global Employment Law Group of the firm.  He has advised on all types of employment and labor matters, in both contentious and non–contentious employment issues, with a particular focus on regulatory advice, employment disputes and litigation, global migration and executive mobility.

Mr. Khuat is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues at the local chambers of commerce.


Mr. Khuat earned an LL.B. from Hanoi Law University (2008), and an LL.M. from Vietnam National University (2013). He is a member of the International Bar Association in July 2017, member of  Vietnam Lawyers’ Association and Hanoi Bar Association in 2012.

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