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BUSINESS
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Careful selection for an outsource company

BoT to revise Thailand’s economic growth estimate

Careful selection for an outsource company

David Tan
Under the current economic climate employers want to be very selective in hiring new people and current employees may have to take on more responsibilities. For the kind of work constituting a part of the goods manufacturing process or the rendering of services, employers prefer to outsource the performance of these works to an external company.
This begs the question: Are the employees of this external company (“outsource company”) entitled to the same rights and benefits as the employees of the employer (“employer”)? If the answer is yes! this would mean that the employer is exposed to the risk of been claimed by the employees of the outsource company, if these employees are not provided with the same rights and benefits as the employees of the employer.
For example: The employer is a company that manufactures and sells sporting clothes. The employer needs more people to help manufacture more sporting clothes so it outsourced some of its manufacturing work to the outsource company. The employees of the outsource company help to manufacture the sporting clothes of the employer and they worked overtime during the manufacturing process.
The employees of the outsource company did not receive any overtime pay for their overtime work performed. However, the employees of the employer received overtime pay equivalent to twice their normal wage. The employees of the outsource company then claim the employer for their overtime pay.
The employer may have to pay the same overtime pay to the employees of the outsource company as well. This is because the work performed by the outsource company’s employees is work that “is part of the production process or business under the responsibility of” the employer. Note that this is regardless of whether the employer supervises the performance of the work or is responsible for payment of wages to the outsource company’s employees. These are all expressly provided by the new Paragraph 1 of Section 11/1 of the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998).

Tip
Given the provision of the new Paragraph 1 of Section 11/1, a company seeking to outsource its work should investigate and select an outsource company that can adhere to the rights and benefits of employees as provided by the labour law. Otherwise, the company may end up paying damages to employees of another company.
David Tan is a Lecturer of Business Law at Asian University and author of the book “A Primer of Thai Business Law”, available online at www.chulabook.com or call 038 233 490 to order. In Bangkok, the book is available at Asiabooks and Kinokuniya bookstores. Any questions or comments to David should be sent to [email protected]


BoT to revise Thailand’s economic growth estimate

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) will revise its economic growth estimate on January 23 following an evaluation of its measures to cut the policy interest rate by 1 percent, according to a senior bank official.
Ummara Sripayak, senior director of the BoT Domestic Division, said the central bank continues to maintain its economic growth projection for next year at 3.8-5 percent.
The assessment was made in October before the shutdown of Suvarnabhumi Airport by anti-government protesters.
Because of this, she believes the economy will not grow as much as targeted earlier and said that the bank would revise its growth target on January 23.
She projected that the political direction will become clearer after December 15 when candidates for Thailand’s next prime minister will be screened and voted on by members of parliament.
Mrs. Ummara said the impact from the global economic crisis on Thailand is unavoidable, particularly relating to tourism and exports.
However, the country’s international reserves remain strong, inflation rates are low and oil prices continue to decline.
Under the circumstances, should politics stabilize, it would greatly reduce the negative impact of the world financial crisis on the Thai economy.
Meanwhile, she noted that interest rates are still declining, and the Monetary Policy Committee is scheduled to meet on January 13. (TNA)



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