Re­cent Le­gal Changes Af­fect­ing Busi­ness

Re­cent Le­gal Changes Af­fect­ing Busi­ness

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Contents -

Based on the opin­ion of the Coun­cil of State, the De­parte­ment of Em­ploy­ment ( DOE) is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion on March 6, 2015, spec­i­fy­ing the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties not con­sid­ered as ‘ work’ un­der the Alien Work­ing Act of 2008 ( the “Act”): ( 1) At­ten­dance at meet­ings, dis­cus­sions or sem­i­nars; ( 2) At­ten­dance at ex­hi­bi­tions or trade ex­hi­bi­tions; ( 3) Vis­its to ob­serve busi­nesses or to meet for busi­ness dia- logues; ( 4) At­ten­dance at spe­cial lec­tures and aca­demic lec­tures; ( 5) At­ten­dance at tech­ni­cal train­ings and sem­i­nars; ( 6) Pur­chas­ing of goods in trade ex­hi­bi­tions; ( 7) At­ten­dance at board of direc­tors meet­ings of one’s com­pany. For­eign­ers tem­po­rar­ily en­ter­ing Thai­land to un­der­take such ac­tiv­i­ties are no longer re­quired to ob­tain a work per­mit. How­ever, it should be noted that the above ac­tiv­i­ties must be ex­am­ined on a case by case ba­sis to de­ter­mine whether they are con­sid­ered ‘ work’ and if a work per­mit is re­quired. In this re­gard, the word­ing in the No­ti­fi­ca­tion can­not be lit­er­ally in­ter­preted to sug­gest that for­eign­ers could at­tend all meet­ings, sem­i­nars or ex­hi­bi­tions, or any other event stated above.

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