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Fines for demanding employers

Update: March, 22/2018 - 07:00
Labourers work at an electric company in central Quảng Ngãi Province’s Tịnh Phong Industrial Zone. - VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Employers who hire labourers to work overtime beyond 200 hours per year or 12 hours per day during weekends or public holidays will be fined up to VNĐ75 million (US$3,292).

Worse, they can have their businesses suspended for one to three months.

This is part of a draft decree on sanctioning violations on labour safety and hygiene prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. The ministry will welcome feedback on the draft until May 16.

Under the draft, the ministry has proposed that employers would face a fine of VND5-75 million ($219-3,292) for asking labourers to work more than 200 hours per year or more than 12 hours per day on public holidays or weekends.

Employers who hire more than 100 labourers and ask them to work overtime will be forced to suspend their business, in addition to the fine.

In cases of regular working hours exceeding the stipulated hours or labourers being forced to work overtime, employers will face a fine of VNĐ20-25 million ($878-1,097).

The decree also stipulates that if employers fail to guarantee rest time during work hours and private leaves to labourers, they will face an additional fine of VNĐ2-5 million ($87-219).

In January this year, the ministry conducted inspections on 216 electronic enterprises nationwide and found more than 60 per cent of the enterprises to have violated the ministry’s overtime working regulations, with a total of 1,798 violations.

The ministry had imposed fines amounting to more than VND1.4 billion on the violators. – VNS


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