Recently, the Beijing Xicheng District People’s Court ruled against a cook’s claim of double salary, overtime pay and severance amounting to RMB 59,400 from a hotel. The cook, who had a service relation with an independent contractor to the hotel, claimed that the hotel did not sign an employment contract with him, contribute social insurance for him or pay him overtime pay, and this led to his resignation from the hotel. The cook asserted that he should be deemed as the hotel’s employee because he received an “excellent employee” certificate from the hotel, which was affixed by the hotel’s seal. However, the court opined that based on the evidence, the cook had a service relationship with the independent contractor, but did not have an employment relationship with the hotel, and thus dismissed the case. The Beijing No.1 Intermediate Court affirmed the judgment on appeal.