New labor laws to be implemented May 5
The Thai government has enacted new labor laws that will go into effect on May 5, 2019. Under the new law, maternity leave has been extended to 98 days, a company changes hands the new employer must honor all existing rights and benefits and the employees must consent. If a workplace is moved and the employee does not want to move then the employee is owed 50 percent of termination rates, if an employee is terminated without notice then they must be given full pay for the day of termination up to the date the termination contract takes effect. Additionally, if an employer fails to pay overtime the employee can sue for overtime pay plus 15% interest on the amount owed. Employees are allowed three days leave for personal business and an employee who is laid off after 20 years is entitled to 400 days of pay. Finally, payment must be equal for women and men doing the same job or same capacities.
The Customs clearance rate sped up in 2018 compared to 2017, with the time period of goods arriving at Suvarnabhumi's cargo and goods leaving customs custody through the green line was 115 minutes for pre-arrival procedures, and 17 hours and two minutes for normal procedures, a reduction of 15 hours and seven minutes from 2017. Laem Chabang also saw procedures sped up with goods arriving via the green channel taking one day and 53 minutes for pre-arrival procedures and 45 hours and 39 minutes for normal procedures, a reduction of eight hours and 46 minutes from 2017. ASEAN finance ministers recently met and said they would strengthen their customs cooperation facilitate the faster movement of goods in transit to promote more trade and investment in the region.
AirAsia has launched a new route to Ahmedabad in India set to fly four times a week starting May 31. India is considered a strategic market and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said that 1.5 million Indians came to Thailand in 2018, up 12 percent from the previous year. AirAsia currently flies to 9 Indian cities. The TAT has been working to attract more Indian visitors to the country, expecting the numbers to reach 5 million by 2023. There are currently 307 weekly flights between Thailand and 16 major cities in India on 13 airlines.