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Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA”) activities without a valid EA licence. He pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 6(2) of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA).

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Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill 6550, which aims to improve the social and economic well-being of day care workers. The bill provides f ...
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Law should be enacted to prevent Discrimination in Hotel Industry - Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Tourism and Culture Ministry plans to look into formulating a new act to enable stern action be taken against discriminatory actions in the hotel industry, especially those which are against the Federal Constitution.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill

A technical working group (TWG) of the House committee on labor and employment chaired by Rep. Randolph Ting (3rd District, Cagayan) has expanded the parameters that constitute labor-only contracting in the draft House bill that seeks to end contractualization and de-regularization of workers, or “endo.” The unnumbered bill aims to ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

25% payout for Small Firms owed for T4 Works

The High Court has approved a payout scheme for contractor Acesian Star's 75 creditors.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House ups Travel Expenses of Workers

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved House Resolution 243 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing the daily local travel allowance of government officials and personnel on official business to P2,000 since the present rate of P800 is no longer ...
Date: 12 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Financial Controller convicted for failing to pay more than $67,000 in Salaries

A 53-year-old Singaporean woman, Pang Sor Tin (“Pang”) (方素珍), was convicted in the State Courts on 14 November 2017 of three charges under the Employment Act.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Suspension of acceptance and processing of all new application for Overseas Employment Certificate for all Overseas Filipino Workers including direct hire workers

This Order shall be effective for 15 working days from 13 November to 01 December 01, 2017 subject to extension as circumstances may require. Department Order No. 185
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Circular; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

ASEAN Pact on Migrant Workers aligned with Senate Bills

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement” pending Senate bills to benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Hotels warned over Prohibition on Hijab-Wearing Women Staff

IPOH, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry today instructed local authorities to withdraw the licence of hotels which prohibit Muslim women employees from wearing the hijab at work.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Hijab Ban for Muslim Frontline Hotel Staff a form of Discrimination - Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The hijab ban for Muslim women working at the frontline of hotels, as practised by some hotel chains in this country, is a form of discrimination, disrespectful, irresponsible, and a violation of the Federal Constitution.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Parliament: Bellew must pay Four Months' Salary to MAB

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - Former Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew must pay four months' salary to the national carrier for resigning earlier than the notice period.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN Leaders set to sign Pact on Migrant Workers' Rights Protection

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have committed to champion regional cooperation on protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders agreed to sign the ASEAN Consensus o ...
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MOM Letter serves as Evidence of Worker's Pay

A High Court judge has ruled that a migrant worker should be paid the basic salary as per the official in-principle approval (IPA) letter he received before coming to Singapore.  
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Policy on Ban of Women wearing Headscarf in Frontline Jobs must be reviewed

KUANTAN, Nov 12 (Bernama) - The relevant parties, including the government must review the policy which prevents women wearing headscarves from working in frontline positions in the hotel industry.
Date: 12 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House passes Bill on Migrant Workers' Protection into Law

Jakarta, Oct 26 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) passed a bill on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers into a law at its plenary meeting here on Wednesday.

Direktur Ud Wijaya Sentosa Box v Sigit Sugiharto PT Perkebunan Nusantara IV v Ahmad Zuhri Nasution Ahmad Suhaimi v PT Mitra Liga Mandiri Sukses more

Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers

Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province.

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Laos, Korea cooperate on Labour more

Law should be enacted to prevent Discrimination in Hotel Industry - Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Tourism and Culture Ministry plans to look into formulating a new act to enable stern action be taken against discriminatory actions in the hotel industry, especially those which are ...

Hotels warned over Prohibition on Hijab-Wearing Women Staff Hijab Ban for Muslim Frontline Hotel Staff a form of Discrimination - Nazri Parliament: Bellew must pay Four Months' Salary to MAB more

Dilemma on Minimum Wages could lead to Better Productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a mov ...

Labour Ministry wants Minimum Wage between K4000 and K4800 Overview of New Myanmar Labour Law Guide Yangon Panel favours Minimum Wage of K4400-K6400 more

Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower c ...

House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill House ups Travel Expenses of Workers Suspension of acceptance and processing of all new application for Overseas Employment Certificate for all Overseas Filipino Workers including direct hire workers more

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA&rdqu ...

25% payout for Small Firms owed for T4 Works Financial Controller convicted for failing to pay more than $67,000 in Salaries MOM Letter serves as Evidence of Worker's Pay more

Employers warned not to hire Migrant Workers as Shop Attendant

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has warned vegetable and fruit vendors not to hire migrant workers to work as a shop attendant, as it is one of the occupations reserved for Thais according to the Thai law.

Phuket urges Migrant Workers to register by 15 November DOE to complete Migrant Workers' Bio metrics Record by 1 November MOL working to stop Visa Violations in South Korea more

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Request for Feedback on Issues relating to Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017

The Bar Council Court Liaison Committee ("CLC") is requesting for Members to provide their feedback on issues faced since the coming into effect of Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017: Garis Masa (Timeline) Penyelesaian Kes Jenayah dan Sivil Bagi Mahkamah Rendah, pertaining to timelines for the completion of criminal and civil cases heard at the Subordinate Courts across Peninsular Malaysia.

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EC to request Clarity about Next Election from Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission plans to ask the Constitutional Court for clarification about its authority to hold the next general election.

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ETDA to produce 12,000 Cyber Security Experts by 2021

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (NNT) - The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) and leading institutions in the country have banded together to develop cyper security personnel for the Thailand 4.0 digital era.

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No Reports of Terrorism Financing using Digital Currency in Malaysia - Bank Negara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - No cases have been detected in Malaysia of the use of digital currencies for terrorism financing, said Director of Financial Intelligence and Enforcement of Bank Negara Malaysia, Abd Rahman Abu Bakar.

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Government winning War against Contractualization - Bello

The labor department is winning the war to eliminate labor-only contacting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.

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Attorney General to resurrect Court Cases against Thaksin Shinawatra

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Office of the Attorney-General is planning to resurrect two cases against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as allowed by the new anti-corruption law.

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Roque is concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights.

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KL Court Director meets Court Reporters to improve Ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - Kuala Lumpur Court Director Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin today convened a meeting with court reporters from various media organisations to improve ties and discuss issues related to court reporting.

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MIDA to help SMEs Gain Access to Global Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) aims to create opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the global market and encourage multinational corporations (MNCs) to utilise local products and services.

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House to work on Priority Bills during SC Chief Impeach Proceedings

House leaders today assured that Congress will remain focused on passing its remaining legislative priorities for the year and will not be distracted by the hearings of the committee on justice on the determination of probable cause of the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Sussing out Weak Links in Cyber Defence

Cyber Security Agency Chief says that the new bill doesn't give agency broad powers to oversee every computer in Singapore, but are only linked to cyber security events.

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BoT allows Five Banks to operate E-Payment QR Codes

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has allowed five financial institutions to fully operate their National E-Payment services from today.

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