Amendments to regulations on foreign laborers unreasonable: expert

Some amendments to regulations on the management of foreign laborers in Vietnam in the draft revised Labor Law seem unreasonable, said Duong Van Thuan, a consultant at the HCMC Labor Federation’s Legal Consultancy Center.

Amendments to regulations on foreign laborers unreasonable: expert
Foreigners work on a project in Vietnam. Some amendments to regulations on foreign laborers in Vietnam seem unreasonable

The federation on June 18 held a conference to gather comments on the draft revised Labor Law.

Thuan objected to a provision that enterprises must explain their demands for foreign laborers and must get approval from State agencies to employ these laborers. The regulation will put pressure on both employers and laborer management agencies, Thuan said.

It is hard for the competent agencies to evaluate enterprises' needs for employees as these demands may change regularly.

Another provision that foreigners’ work permits are valid for a maximum of two years and can be extended once for another two years is also unnecessary, he said.

 

Under the prevailing regulations, the number of work permit extensions is not restricted.

Therefore, the regulation seems to go against the global trend, as laborers tend to travel through regional countries for work. Moreover, many projects require the participation of foreign experts and may take longer than four years to complete, Thuan said. SGT

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