Rules on foreign staff tightened

Jul 4, 2011. The government is clamping down on foreign contractors using foreign labourers in Vietnam-based projects.

Under the new rules, local agencies will have to organise work permits and sort out labour-related procedures before foreign workers, consultants and engineers arrive in the country.

The government’s Decree 46/2011/ND-CP on employment and management of foreigners working in Vietnam, which replaces Decree 34/2008/ND-CP, will come into force on August 1.

Clause 6a of the new decree states that foreign contractors must give high priority to hiring Vietnamese workers where the work is within their capacity.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ (Molisa) Employment Department’s vice head Le Quang Trung said the decree would help “seal” loopholes in management of foreign workers in Vietnam.

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