Human Resources & Payroll

How SMEs Can Secure Their IT System: Simple Steps


SMEs frequently underestimate the importance of cybersecurity to their business. It’s often not a question of “if” your company will be attacked but “when” . Cybersecurity is an often-overlooked item in small and medium sized companies (SMEs), putting these companies at risk every day. Lack of IT experts, fear of high costs, or even lack […]

Singapore’s Employment Act: The Top 6 Amendments


The Singapore government enacted major amendments to the Employment Act earlier this year. The changes affect human resource administration for employers.

Labor Contracts in ASEAN


In this article, we discuss the salient features of labor contracts and social security obligations in five major ASEAN economies – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Thai Labor Contracts: What You Need to Know


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.

Termination of Employees in ASEAN


In this article, we provide a brief overview of statutory regimes with respect to employment termination in the five major ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Residency Schemes in ASEAN – Eligibility Requirements


Obtaining a long-term residency status is a cumbersome process for foreigners in ASEAN. The regulations and procedures vary significantly between the countries, and can sometimes be an expensive affair.  In this article, we give an overview of the permanent residency and other schemes available for foreigners wishing to reside in any of the following ASEAN states.

Managing Contracts and Separation in ASEAN – New Issue of ASEAN Briefing Magazine


The latest issue of ASEAN Briefing Magazine titled, “Managing Contracts and Separation in ASEAN”, is out now and available to subscribers as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Publication Store.

Labor Market Trends in the Philippines


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.

Laos Increases Minimum Monthly Wage for the Third Time in Eight Years


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 Daily Minimum Wage Increased from Kyat 3,600 to Kyat 4,800


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.

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