This report covers new rules around hiring and employing foreign nationals in Thailand and reinforces penalties for employers and employees who violate the new rules.
A new Thai decree amends the current rules and practices for employers hiring and employing foreign nationals in Thailand.1 The terms of the decree took effect on 23 June 2017. The main objective of the decree is to improve the management of foreigners who are working in Thailand so that their entry into Thailand, and their work and management in Thailand, can be carried out systematically and efficiently.
Key points of the new decree impacting employers and foreign employees are summarized below.
The new decree tightens the rules around hiring and employing foreign nationals in Thailand and reinforces penalties and other sanctions for employers who violate the new rules.
In addition, the decree sets out clear responsibilities for employers who bring foreigners into Thailand to work with the aim of providing coverage and sufficient measures to protect foreign workers who may have been exploited. In addition, there are provisions aimed at civil society to encourage taking part in protecting victims of forced labour and human trafficking.
Order No. 33/2560 was issued on 4 July 2017, by the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order to delay the enforcement of Sections 101, 102, 119, and 122 of the new decree which are to be effective on 1 January 2018 (i.e., the penalty imposed on employers as mentioned in Clause A 1) above and the penalties imposed on foreign employees as mentioned in Clauses B 1) and 3) above).
Employers should seek advice on the changes under the new decree so that they can act in compliance and introduce (where and when appropriate) systems, processes, and controls to foster such compliance that can be maintained at the highest levels.
1 “The Aliens’ Working Management Emergency Decree, B.E.2560 (2017)” was issued to replace the existing “Working of Alien Act B.E. 2551 (2008)” and “Emergency Decree on Recruitment of Foreigner to Work with Employers in Thailand, B.E.2559 (2016).” It took effect on 23 June 2017. See: http://lb.mol.go.th/images/flie_Aliens.pdf (Thai version).
2 The Notification to be issued according to this new decree is in the drafting stage. Currently, the Labour officer refers to the previous one, i.e., “Royal Decree prescribing works relating to occupation and profession in which an alien is prohibited to engage B.E. 2522 (1979).”
THB 1 = EUR 0.0257
THB 1 = USD 0.03
THB 1 = GBP 0.023
THB 1 = AUD 0.0378
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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