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Gov’t issues new rules on foreign workers in Việt Nam

Update: January, 08/2021 - 08:16

 

A foreign expert working at the Hospital for Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuấn

HÀ NỘI — The Government recently issued Decree No 152/2020/ND-CP, including regulations on foreigners working in Việt Nam and the recruitment and management of Vietnamese working for foreign organisations and individuals in the country, which is set to enter force starting February 15, 2021.

This degree stipulates that foreigners working in Việt Nam are those under labour contracts; moving within a business; carrying out contracts or agreements on economy, trade, finance, banking, insurance, science-technology, culture, sports, education, vocational training, or healthcare; providing services under contract; offering services; working for foreign non-governmental organisations or international organisations permitted to operate under Việt Nam’s law; working as volunteers; being in charge of setting up trade representative offices; being managers, managing directors, experts, or technical personnel; taking part in the implementation of bidding packages or projects in Việt Nam; or being relatives of members of foreign representative agencies in Việt Nam who are allowed to work in the country under regulations in the international treaties to which Việt Nam is a party.

At least 30 days prior to the day foreign labourers are set to start work, employers, except for contractors, are responsible for identifying the demand for foreign employees for each position that Vietnamese workers have yet to satisfy and explaining the issue to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) or the provincial-level People’s Committees in the localities where foreigners are set to work in.

If they want to change the demand for foreign labourers, employers have to report to the MoLISA or provincial-level People’s Committees at least 30 days prior to the day foreign labourers start work, according to the decree.

The decree also stated that in case foreigners are subject to Clauses 3, 4, and 5 of Article 154 in the Labour Code and Clauses 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of Article 7 in this decree, employers do not have to identify the foreign labourer demand.

Meanwhile, the MoLISA or the provincial-level People’s Committees have to issue documents accepting or rejecting the use of foreign workers for each job position within 10 working days from the reception of explanation about or report on the change in foreign labourer demand.

In addition, before recruiting foreigners, contractors are responsible for detailing the number, professional capacity, and experience of foreign workers they want to employ to implement bidding packages in Việt Nam, while proposing the recruitment of Vietnamese workers for the positions for which they plan to employ foreigners to the chairpersons of provincial-level People’s Committees in the localities where bidding packages are carried out.

The chairpersons of provincial-level People’s Committees will order local agencies and organisations to introduce and supply Vietnamese workers for the contractors or coordinate with agencies and organisations in other localities to introduce and supply Vietnamese workers.

If local parties are unable to provide Vietnamese workers for contractors within two months since they receive the request for at least 500 Vietnamese labourers, one month in terms of the request for 100 to less than 500 Vietnamese labourers, or 15 days in terms of the request for under 100 Vietnamese labourers, the chairpersons of provincial-level People’s Committees have to decide on contractors’ recruitment of foreigners for the jobs for which no qualified Vietnamese workers are found.

Contractors have to report on the use of foreign employees during the first half of a year and the whole year before July 5 and January 5 of the following year, respectively, the decree said. — VNS

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