Southeast Asia Insider

The majority of Indonesia’s 34 provinces have announced their 2016 wage increases (included in the chart below). The new wage regulation continues to authorize governors to set minimum wages for their provinces, whether utilizing the national inflation rate method or its permissible substitute, the Decent Living Standard (KHL) index. Governors using the former method raised…

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Recent developments in Cambodia merit attention as the country’s political leaders appear to be returning to their respective corners in what would be a lengthy lead-up to the national elections in July 2018. If this is what is happening, collateral damage will include the country’s political stability. In July 2013 Cambodia plunged into a period…

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As part of President Widodo’s fourth economic stimulus package, the government announced the end to the failed tripartite mechanism for negotiating annual adjustments of wages on a regional basis. In its place, the president signed the Government Regulation on Wages (No. 78/2015) ultimately opting for a formula that includes the current year’s inflation (at the…

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On July 1the Social Security Administration Body for Employment (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS)Ketenagakerjaan), previously known as Jamsostek or the state pension fund, will officially begin providing coverage for occupational accidents, retirement savings and life insurance. However, it is still negotiating with the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) over the appropriate amount for pension dues to be…

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Just over two years after the Myanmar National Assembly adopted the Law on Minimum Wages (Law no. 7 dated March 22, 2013), the National Minimum Wage Designation Committee announced on June 29 that it had set the national minimum daily wage for for workers at K3,600 (about US$3.22). The committee comprised of government, employer and labor representatives…

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Ramadan, Muslim fasting month, begins Thursday in Indonesia along with much of the rest of the Muslim world. Devout Muslims will wake earlier than usual for a pre-dawn meal before commencing a fast that will last approximately 14 hours. Though physically challenging, Ramadan is also social time capped at around six o’clock in the evening by buka puasa,…

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The Government of Cambodia is pushing to complete the trade union law—the Law on Unions of Enterprises—in the coming weeks. The law has been in the works since 2011 and has undergone numerous revisions. The current draft contains 90 articles and stipulates that new unions must include at least 20 percent of a workplace’s employees…

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