Myanmar: ILO releases user-friendly guide to employment laws and Int'l Core Labour Standards

Author: Thomson Chau, Myanmar Times, Published on: 1 October 2017

" Overview of new Myanmar labour guide", 02 October 2017

International Labour Organization (ILO) published its guide to Myanmar labour law...

Since 2011, Nay Pyi Taw has requested ILO’s support for its legal reform process, including assisting the government to conduct a labour law review, aimed at identifying gaps and overlaps, enhancing the legal framework in line with international labour standards, and consolidating the numerous laws in a more coherent manner... 

Here is some of the key information..

The current minimum wage has been set at K450 per hour, and 3,600 Kyat per day...This daily rate is based on an 8-hour day, and does not include overtime, bonuses, incentives, or any other allowances...

Adult workers...shall not be required to work more than 8 hours per day...

Workers who are required to work on a public holiday are paid at double the normal rate plus a cost-of-living allowance... 

Pregnant mothers are provided...a total of 14 weeks of maternity leave.  Fathers are entitled to 15 days of paternity leave.

The Child Law states that children have the right to engage voluntarily in work allowed by law, including the special rights provided in respect of hours of employment, rest, and leisure. However, no one under 14 years old may be employed, and all workers under 18 years old may only work if a certificate of fitness for work is granted by a certifying surgeon/medical practitioner and if the certificate is kept in the custody of the manager of the factory...

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Note: The ILO Guide to Myanmar Labour Law can be downloaded from here.

 

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