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5 Laws Anyone Working in Bangkok Should Know

Every different country has different rules and regulations that everyone has to follow. These laws are set in place for your safety and the safety of the Thai nationals that you will be working with.


If you do not follow them, you could be placing yourself and everyone who works for you or that you work for in trouble.


Here are a few of the laws you have to know when you are working in Thailand:


  1. Immigration Act

This law deals with all the things you need to do before you can begin life in Thailand. It includes all your documentation requirements like visa, work permits and passport documentation.


Read through this law completely before moving to Thailand to start work. Ask your employer or your contact for information if you are not sure.


You can also contact the Thai embassy in your country for this information.


  1. Foreign (alien) Employment Act

This act covers all the jobs that you as a foreigner are allowed to do. There are some jobs in Thailand that are only limited to nationals to conduct.


If you are an immigrant, make sure that the job you are going to do is permitted by law for you to carry out. You can ask for all this information from the Thai embassy in your country or look it up online.


Make sure you are on the right side of the law before you leave.


  1. Employment Act

This act generally covers employment in Thailand. This is especially important if you are starting your own business and are looking to hire Thai locals to work for you.


There are some things you will need to take into account like the work hours, compensation and holidays and pay requirements as well as the minimum age of your workforce.


There are special laws in place for younger workers which you need to know about and this is what they are for.


  1. Labor Protection Act

The Labor protection act mainly serves to protect the Thai citizens and the employed foreigners. This act has been put in place for you and/or your workers to be protected by the government.


It comes into play especially in legal situations concerning your workforce or termination by employers. There are standing laws in place for the lawful termination of work as well.


Knowing all these laws will make your working in Thailand all the more easy. For example, your younger workers have to be registered with the labor ministry and termination needs to be registered as well.


A Labor Inspector will also come to your place of work occasionally and without warning to see what the conditions of the office and the workers are like.


This inspection has to be passed every time.

  1. Permits and Licenses

If you are starting your own business, you need to make sure you have the correct permits and licenses required.


You need to have your personal documentation ready and make sure you are doing permitted work in Thailand. If you need a job done that is saved only for a Thai citizen, you will need to employ one.


If your work requires you to drive, make sure you have a permitted International driver’s license or the Thai driver’s license.


The labor inspector will look at all these things when he or she comes to look at the conditions of your business.

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