Myanmar leads ASEAN on child rights and protection
Myanmar Times | 14-Jan-2020
In November, the parliament approved the ratification of the International Labour Organization’s Minimum Age Convention No 138. The 18-article convention seeks to abolish child labour and support the physical, mental and economic development of young people, while allowing Myanmar and other underdeveloped countries to employ children aged 12 to 14 for non-harmful light work.

Singapore fake news law to face legal challenge
Asean Economist | 14-Jan-2020
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was ordered in December to put government notices stating that a piece contained false information on its website and on Facebook posts discussing professional job numbers in Singapore.

Five economic challenges for India’s Narendra Modi
The Phnom Penh Post | 27-May-2019
With Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party securing a landslide win in the Indian elections, AFP looks at the key economic challenges facing Asia’s third biggest economy:

Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year
Free Malaysia Today | 27-May-2019
YANGON: Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two former fellow inmates and one of the soldiers told Reuters.

Amnesty for Reuters reporters seen easing EU trade tensions
Myanmar Times | 13-May-2019
The release of two Reuters reporters and some 20 other political prisoners may help ease tensions with the EU but the government will need to do more to maintain Myanmar’s trade privileges, according to business leaders in Yangon.

Three more people detained as China continues to crack down on labour groups
South China Morning Post | 13-May-2019
China’s crackdown on organisations that support migrant workers continued apace this week with the detention of at least three NGO workers in police raids.

Labour law fight heats up
Frontier Myanmar | 07-Sep-2018
Business groups are furious about a move to introduce jail terms for violations of a labour dispute settlement law, but lawmakers and trade unions say it is the only way to ensure compliance.

Vocus routes traffic across new Singapore cable after SMW-3 outage
Computerworld Australia | 05-Sep-2018
Vocus has begun routing traffic via the new Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) after a major outage on the Sea-Me-We3 (SMW-3) subsea cable system. Like the ASC, SMW-3 connects Perth to Singapore.

Govt eases trade union rules
The Daily Star | 04-Sep-2018
The government yesterday approved a draft of the Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Act, 2018 to make it workers-friendly in line with the suggestion of the international communities.

UN Mission Recommends Action Against Myanmar Army for Crimes Against Rohingya
NewsClick | 30-Aug-2018
The United Nations Fact Finding Mission (FFM) in Myanmar has accused the Myanmarese army of a variety of crimes, including mass killings and gang rapes with a genocidal intent and crimes against humanity. The details on the crimes against the Rohingya were part of the recently released “Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar”. The report noted that crimes against humanity had been committed in the Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, principally by the armed forces, the Tatmadaw. In Kachin and Shan states, these include murder, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and enslavement.

Report from labour council says Kingdom disputes down in 2017
The Phnom Penh Post | 28-Aug-2018
In its 2017 Annual Report, the Arbitration Council said collective labour disputes registered with it had dropped significantly after the government implemented the Trade Union Law.

Maternity leave in Hong Kong: government considering subsidies to help businesses offset cost of giving new mothers 14 weeks off
South China Morning Post | 21-Aug-2018
Hong Kong bosses could be offered a subsidy to partly offset the costs of a government push to extend statutory maternity leave to 14 weeks, the labour minister has revealed.

Leading Singapore NGO Supports Free Childcare for 'Low-Income Mothers'
IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters | 17-Aug-2018
SINGAPORE (IDN) – The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) – Singapore's leading gender equality advocacy group – has called upon the government to provide free childcare to low-income families to enable, especially single mothers, to find sustainable employment.

Here’s why Hong Kong’s low fertility rate poses a threat to its very future
South China Morning Post | 16-Aug-2018
Increased paternity leave, family-friendly working conditions, and childcare subsidies are some of the solutions that have been suggested to help tackle the problem. Here’s what you need to know about why Hongkongers are reluctant to have children and the long-term socio-economic impact not doing so could have on the city.

China's #MeToo moment can spark positive change
The New Paper | 14-Aug-2018
As more women confront bullies and bosses, a wider drive for equal treatment could gain overdue prominence.

UNHCR’s Grandi appeals to Asia-Pacific ministers, business leaders for solidarity with refugees, people of Myanmar’s Rakhine State
UNHCR | 08-Aug-2018
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today urged governments and business leaders in the Asia-Pacific to show solidarity with refugees in the region and share responsibility for protecting and finding solutions for them.

CLE eyes doubling leather exports to $10 b in 6 years
The Hindu BusinessLine | 07-Aug-2018
The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has set an amibitions target to achieve exports of $10 billion by 2024-25 from the present $5.73 billion. This comes at a time when severe competition from countries such as China, Vietnam and Bangladesh is hurting the industry, which employs 4.42 million people, of whom 30 per cent are women.

Textile workers reject contract
Myanmar Times | 01-Aug-2018
About 150 workers at Panda textile and garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township, Yangon Region, held a protest after management threatened not to rehire them if they do not sign an employment contract.

Labour policy lacks common touch
Bangkok Post | 30-Jul-2018
The Ministry of Labour has used the tripartite committee mechanism to solve problems on labour issues for more than three decades but it has recently come under fire from both employers and workers.

Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament
Myanmar Times | 27-Jul-2018
The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar.

State minister: Amendments to labour law in process
Dhaka Tribune | 25-Jul-2018
State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque said child labour cannot be completely uprooted from society, but can be brought down to minimal levels

How Myanmar is converting tea shops into classrooms
GovInsider | 23-Jul-2018
In Myanmar, many children – in rural areas especially – drop out of school and migrate to cities to find jobs to support their families. Many of these child labourers can be found in the country’s abundant tea shops, small street-side shops that sell drinks and snacks.

Report shows skills gap as companies struggle to find competent candidates to fill key positions
The Phnom Penh Post | 20-Jul-2018
As if highlighting the lack of work skills and experience in the Kingdom, of more than 1,000 job openings in Phnom Penh alone as of last month, only 150 young applicants were successful at the interview stage.

M&A in Myanmar
Lexology | 19-Jul-2018
What is the current state of the M&A market in your jurisdiction? According to statistics released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), Myanmar recorded direct foreign investment of $5.71 billion in the financial year ending 31 March 2018. The majority of foreign investment originates from investors in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, China and Hong Kong. The outlook remains positive despite a slowdown in the market, with the enactment of new laws, such as the Myanmar Companies Law 2017, the Myanmar Investment Law 2016 and the Myanmar Investment Rules 2017.

Labour law may add prison term for employer violations
Myanmar Times | 18-Jul-2018
The Settlement of Labour Disputes Law will likely be amended to add prison penalties in the next parliament session, said an official of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Bill Committee on Monday.

Workers to take employer to court
Myanmar Times | 17-Jul-2018
The employees of a tissue factory in Pyigyitagun township, Mandalay Region, will take their employer to court over what they say are violations of their employment contract.

Thailand: Labor Abuses Persist in Fishing Fleets
Human Rights Watch | 16-Jul-2018
(Bangkok) – The Thai government has failed to address widespread labor rights abuses in Thailand’s fishing fleets, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to senior European Union officials.

'Thailand 4.0': No Security in the Growing Thai Gig Economy
The News Lens International | 11-Jul-2018
Thailand’s junta has expressed interest in promoting platform economies—such as Uber and Airbnb—as part of its “Thailand 4.0” digital economy strategy. Yet the government lacks fundamental understanding of how these economies operate, not to mention to the potential effects of nurturing them.

Action will be taken against employers who misclassify employees as executives to avoid paying overtime, MOM declares
The Online Citizen | 04-Jul-2018
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has made a declaration against employers who misclassify employees as executives or managers in order to avoid paying them for overtime work.

Tissue factory workers stage protest for their lost rights
Myanmar Times | 03-Jul-2018
Around 50 workers from Emperor Tissue factory in Pyigyitagun township, Mandalay Region, staged a protest Monday, claiming that the employer had violated their employment contract.

Myanmar Muslim migrants in Thailand at risk under new law: BHRN
Frontier Myanmar | 27-Jun-2018
YANGON — Myanmar Muslim migrants in Thailand could face prosecution when a new law on undocumented workers is introduced this week because Myanmar has denied them the documentation they require to legalise their status, a rights group has warned.

Rethinking the child labour law
Financial Express | 25-Jun-2018
The plight of child labourers tends to grab media headlines every once in a while. Our policy-makers have also begun to give the issue its due, as reflected in the recent legislative amendments. The new legislation divides work into ‘hazardous’ and ‘non-hazardous’ occupations and processes, and also creates a distinction of work categories based on the age of the child. It bans employing both children and adolescents (within the age bracket of 15-18 years) in hazardous occupations and seeks to regulate their engagement in the non-hazardous work. While, at first glance, the provisions look promising, it is the understanding of hazards in the context of children that needs more nuanced deliberation.

Most in-demand Singapore HR roles in 2018
HRD Singapore (blog) | 22-Jun-2018
As Singapore faces a strong hiring outlook in 2018 based on MOM’s latest labour report, HR professionals will remain busy and continue to be in demand.

Amazon blasted by labour group over China factory conditions
The Star Online | 11-Jun-2018
A watchdog group is calling on Inc to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, renewing criticisms that CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man on the backs of low-paid labourers.

Singapore to set up “ethics council” on use of AI and data
Channel Asia Singapore (press release) | 06-Jun-2018
Singapore is to set up an advisory council on the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data chaired by former attorney-general V.K. Rajah SC, taking on an advisory role and including thought leaders from local and international companies.

SMU team does Singapore proud by winning prestigious International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition for the 3rd time in 4 years
Perspectives@SMU | 05-Jun-2018
Singapore, 4 June 2018 (Monday) – Mooters from the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law have been declared champions at the 2018 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition at the International Round held in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 27 May to 1 June. SMU made its debut only in the eighth edition of this competition in 2015, and has reached the competition’s final round four years in a row, winning in 2015, 2016 and 2018. With this third championship title, SMU has improved its tournament-best record, having achieved the most number of finals appearances and championship wins in what is the world's largest and most prestigious competition on international criminal law.

New Child Labour Law is a Mirage, Inimical: Supreme Court Judge Ranjan Gogoi
News18 | 04-Jun-2018
New Delhi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is next in line to become the Chief Justice of India (CJI), has called the new Child Labour Act a “mirage”, pointing out that the 2016 law in fact allows child labour.

Labour Law amended
The Phnom Penh Post | 31-May-2018
Prime Minister Hun Sen has said the Labour Law amendment on workers’ benefits, recently approved by the Council of Ministers, will ensure all employers pay full severance and benefits to employees every six months.

Workers to raise Myanmar labour laws at ILO meeting
Myanmar Times | 30-May-2018
The Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) will study the experiences of worker organisations in other countries to strengthen labour laws and increase protection for Myanmar’s workers at the International Labour Conference, which started Monday.

Draft labour law flown to Geneva
The Daily Star | 28-May-2018
Bangladesh is going to the International Labour Conference in Geneva with the draft copy of the amended labour law to satisfy the international community.

Korean factory bars 61 union members for causing unrest
Myanmar Times | 24-May-2018
Scores of union members were barred from returning to work by company officials at South Korean wig manufacturer Macdo in Mingalardon Industrial Zone in Yangon on Tuesday after weeks of labour tension at the firm.

Police stepping up operations to combat human trafficking
The Phnom Penh Post | 23-May-2018
The National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) said on Tuesday that operations against human trafficking and sexual exploitation networks are increasing.

Kantar: Customer journeys must be redefined
CMO | 22-May-2018
Empowerment of customers has required almost every business to transform, whether they know it or not, and customer journeys need to be ex-examined if true CX transformation is to be achieved.

Compensation may increase in Bangladesh labour law | 21-May-2018
The government and representatives of factory owners and workers have reached a consensus on raising compensation for workplace death and injury in the labour law.

LabouredLAWS: Fix India’s rigid labour laws first, deterrent punishment for violations can follow
Financial Express | 14-May-2018
The draft labour code on social security 2018 talks of community service for individuals in a company’s top management for violations of mandatory social security provisions. If a violation attracts a fine and a jail sentence of up to two years, the choice of undertaking a fixed number of hours of community service will be extended to the top executives in lieu of the jail-term. Violations that will attract a community service order include failure to pay social security contribution of workers, maintain records and furnish information to inspectors, pay gratuity, provide creche facility and retrenching women workers during maternity leave.

Government drafting policy on exporting maids
Myanmar Times | 04-May-2018
The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is currently drafting a policy regarding sending Myanmar workers abroad, Minister U Thein Swe told The Myanmar Times on International Labour Day on Tuesday.

Firms accused of ignoring new labour act
Bangkok Post | 03-May-2018
Elderly workers have complained that their bosses are reluctant to pay them retirement benefits despite being required to do so by an amendment to the Labour Protection Act which came into effect last...

Myanmar judge refuses to throw out whistleblower's testimony
National Post | 02-May-2018
YANGON, Myanmar — The judge in the trial of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar rejected on Wednesday a prosecution request to throw out the testimony of a police whistleblower who had told the court that the reporters, facing charges of possessing state secrets, had been set up by the authorities.

Myanmar policeman who testified Reuters reporters were framed is sentenced to prison - police
Reuters | 30-Apr-2018
Captain Moe Yan Naing told the court on April 20 that a senior officer had ordered police to “trap” one of the two journalists arrested in December. He said officers had been told to meet reporter Wa Lone at a restaurant in Yangon and give him “secret documents.”

4G leaders to helm 10 of 16 ministries in major reshuffle
The Straits Times | 25-Apr-2018
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced the biggest shake-up of his Cabinet in recent years, involving all ministries but one.