Latest Amendments to Labour Protection Law
The amendments to the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) has recently been announced in the Royal Gazette. The major issues of this amendments is to develop the labour law in terms of retirement to be consistent with the current employment situation, and to facilitate business operations with regard to the obligation to submit work rules to the government official, as the following amendments:
• An employer is relieved from and no longer required to submit the work rules to the competent government officer upon employing ten or more employees. However, an employer is still required to announce the work rules within fifteen days upon employing ten or more employees as well as post the work rules in the workplace and/or additional e-channel available to employees.
• In case of the retirement, if the employee retires upon reaching the retirement age as agreed by both employer and employee or prescribed by the employer, it shall be considered as termination of employment. Therefore, the employee shall be entitled to a severance pay and other payment due to cause of termination.
• In the case that the retirement age is not prescribed by the employer, or agreed by both employer and employee, or the agreed retirement age is longer than sixty years old, the employee who is complete sixty years old up shall be entitled to retire by expressing the retirement intention to the employer. Then, the retirement will be effective upon completion of thirty days period from the date that the retirement intention is expressed to the employer. This shall be regarded as termination of employment. Accordingly, the employer shall pay a severance pay to the retired employee at the rate as specified by the law.
The amendments to the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) has recently been announced in the Royal Gazette.