DOE to draw conclusion on labor export regulations by August

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BANGKOK, 24 March 2012 – The Department of Employment is hopeful it will be able to draw a conclusion on regulations related to the export of Thai labor within 5 months. 

Employment Department Director-General Prawit Kiangpol said on Friday that the special committee tasked with the amendment of labor export regulations is now in the middle of updating parts of the rules, which have been found outdated.

Mr. Prawit said that without up-to-date regulations, unscrupulous employment agencies will take advantage of some loopholes and workers, by overcharging commission fees and other expenses, for instance.

As a result, the committee has planned to amend the ministerial rules, which govern the amount of expenses needed in the exports of Thai labor, by setting up a standard rate for the labor exports to countries with comparable costs while specifying an individual rate for each county that has officially required certain amount of expenses.

The Employment Department chief added that the revised regulations will also demand that the conditions of all employment contracts must be clearly stated.

He hopes that the committee will take not more than 5 months, or by August, to complete the amendment and put the new rules and regulations in place.