With a highly skilled and productive workforce, along with a robust supply of business process outsourcing services, and sound economic fundamentals, Philippines has become one of the most attractive destinations for businesses expanding to Southeast Asia. Read more in our latest article.
The Lao government has increased the country’s monthly minimum wage from Kip 900,000 (US$108) to Kip 1,100,000 (US$132) with effect from May 1, 2018. While this is the third such raise in the last eight years, the revised wages are still significantly lower than those in neighboring countries in ASEAN.
Myanmar’s union government has increased the country’s daily minimum wage for an eight-hour work day from Kyat 3,600 (US$2.65) to Kyat 4,800 (US$3.54). The wage increase is the first since Myanmar introduced a minimum wage as part of the government’s labor market reforms in 2015.
For foreign workers and their employers in Indonesia, understanding the process to obtain an employment permit is essential. Read more in our latest article.
For expatriate workers and their employers in Brunei, understanding the process to obtain an employment permit is essential. Read more in our latest article.
With effect from February 1, 2018, foreign investors and experts in ten specific high-tech business sectors can apply for a new 4-year ‘Smart Visa’ to live and work in Thailand. Read more about the eligibility criteria and the benefits of the new visa in our latest article.
For expatriate workers and their employers in Singapore, understanding the process to obtain a valid employment permit is vital. Read more about the various work passes and permits issued to expatriates planning to work in Singapore.
The Philippine labor law recognizes five different categories of employment arrangements based on the nature of the employment. An employment contract is concluded for each of the five types. Read more in our latest article.
While Thailand does not mandate a written agreement between the employer and an employee, it does impose strict labor regulations with regards to working terms and conditions. In practice, therefore, it is advisable for employers to set out written terms and conditions of employment to avoid legal disputes.
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on December 8, 2017 began accepting requests for foreign knowledge worker (FKW) projections. Companies planning to apply for employment passes in 2018 must ensure that they immediately apply for approval of their 2018 FKW projection to avoid any visa disruptions.