Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Foreign labour registry extended

Foreign labour registry extended

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Firms must apply for permits to employ foreign workers for the 2021 calendar year by January 31. POST STAFF

Foreign labour registry extended

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has announced a two-month extension to the deadline for applying for the use of foreign workers for next year.

Cambodian labour law requires firms employing foreign workers to apply for permits by the end of each November for the following calendar year.

In a press release dated December 9, labour minister Ith Sam Heng declared that such businesses would now have until the end of January to register their foreign workforce, noting that some employers are late to file this year.

“[The ministry] would like to remind all owners or directors of enterprises and establishments who need to use foreign workers for 2021 to hurry to apply for permission for the use of their foreign workforce by January 31, 2021,” it said.

The ministry stressed that employers who fail to register by the end of the extended grace period will face fines in accordance with the law.

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia deputy secretary-general Kaing Monika told The Post on December 10 that it was a good idea for the government to favour and facilitate business operations in the country while dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

According to Monika, the delayed filings from some factories are due to companies having faced suspensions in labour and production. He said uncertainties stemming from this year’s extraordinary events, which have left production orders reduced or pending, are among myriad financial reasons that have led companies to having insufficient time to make decisions regarding their foreign workforce and subsequently file for permits for the next year.

“The government has postponed [the deadline] for two months, which is a convenience for investors in order to have sufficient time to apply for [permits for] their foreign workforce. The provision of this extension will be enough for some companies and factories to return and resume their production operations,” he said.

Monika estimates that Cambodia’s textile and garment sector employs upwards of 40,000 foreign labourers. Cambodian law allows local enterprises to use skilled foreign labour for 10 per cent of their total workforce.

According to a report released by the interior and labour ministries in 2018, there were more than 100,000 unregistered foreign workers in Cambodia employed without a work permit, representing an annual loss of $20 million in tax receipts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,