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Thailand Adopts Work from Home Bill 泰國採納在家工作法案

On 28 December 2022, Thai parliament passed the Work from Home Bill, officially the Labour Protection Act (No. 8) B.E. 2566 (2023), to amend from the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998) (the “LPA”). The purpose of this Act is to include the labors who work from home remotely instead of working at the employers’ premises. This legislation is now awaiting royal endorsement and is expected to be enacted very soon. Furthermore, the Ministry of Labour is expected to issue guidelines to provide further clarification on the compliance therewith.

泰國議會於2022年12月28日通過《在家工作法案》,正式名稱為佛曆2566年(2023年)第8號《勞工保護法》,修正佛曆2541年 (1998年)《勞工保護法》(簡稱“LPA” )。此法條的用意是包括在家工作為遠端完成的工作,而不是在雇主的機構或場所之議題。此法案目前正在等待王室核准,預計很快就會頒布。此外,預計泰國勞工部將發布指導方針,進一步澄清遵守這些指導方針的情況。

Please refer to our earlier article “Thai Government Considers New Labor Law regarding Work from Home” at about the detail of the Bill.


This Labor Protection Act B.E. 2566 adds new Section 23/1 that sets out the labors’ rights for remote workers. Whether employees work from home or work at office, employees should be entitled to equal protection from their employers. This new Section provides that employers are responsible to ensure that remote work agreements are in writing, either physically or electronically, and may include the following details:


(1) Period of the agreement;


(2) Normal working days and hours, rest periods and overtime work;


(3) Criteria for overtime work, holiday work and leave;


(4) Scope of employee’s responsibility and employer’s control or supervision; and


(5) Responsibility for arranging work supplies and equipment, including other necessary expenses arising from the work.


The amended LPA provide employees who work from home the right to refuse contact from the employer or the supervisor beyond working hours. In addition, employers must treat remote employees equally to on-premise employees.

修訂的LPA 賦予在家工作的員工拒絕雇主或主管在工作時間以外聯繫的權利。此外,雇主必須平等對待遠端員工和在現場上班員工。

Overall, this Bill does not mandate significant changes, but offers necessary framework that balances the needs and interests of both employers and employees. This Bill may however, herald lasting shift in the country’s work culture, and inspire governments in other Southeast Asian countries to take similar steps.


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