Thailand u-turn labor laws to try and halt worker exodus

Foreign-labour law in Thailand enforcement now delayed six months

Thai authorities now say they will give 180-day grace period to employers and migrant workers who need time to adjust themselves to the new foreign-labour law.

Four articles of the Royal Decree on Foreign Labour Management have been suspended until the end of the year.

Read – Up to 80,000 migrant workers have now left Thailand

Royal Thai Army’s chief General Chalermchai Sittisart said on Tuesday that the four articles that prescribed harsh punishments against offending employers and workers would take effect from January 1, 2018 instead.

These four articles are:

Article 101 that prescribes up to five-years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to Bt100,000 to a foreigner working without a permit or outside their designated location.

Article 102 that prescribes a fine from Bt400,000 to Bt800,000 for employers per illegal worker.

Article 119 that prescribes a fine from Bt20,000 to Bt100,000 for foreign workers who fail to notify the registrar of their work.

Article 122 that prescribes a fine from Bt400,000 to Bt800,000 for an employer hiring a foreign worker who is registered as an employee of another entity or person. – The Nation

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