Thailand’s Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has said if the minimum wage is increased to 492 baht (US$14.27), many SMEs will be severely impacted.
The tripartite national wage committee is expected to propose a hike in minimum wages in August, but a flat-rate wage of 492 baht (US$14.3) a day is unlikely.
Employers are reminded to look after their workers and take precautionary measures if they choose to hold gatherings.
Businesses and organisations should adopt a policy of working from home for between 5 and 7 days, said the Department of Disease Control.
Under the latest phase of its subsidy scheme, some 29 million people will be eligible for a 50% discount on products and services.
Amid rising costs of living, the National Wage Committee is expected to hold a meeting to consider the proposal to increase the daily minimum wage.
This aims to increase women’s empowerment in the workplace and Thailand's progress towards sustainable socio-economic development.
The Social Security Office has been asked to propose a legal amendment that ensures women entitled to 98 days maternity leave are paid in full.
The impact of the Omicron variant on economic activity has not been significant, allowing activities within the country to proceed.
The Labour Ministry is expected to approve the country’s daily minimum wage from 336 baht (US$10.2) to a flat rate of 492 baht (US$15.0).
The Labour Ministry will conduct a feasibility study on increasing the minimum daily wage as the prices of consumer goods, food, and fuel increase.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said now is not the time for a hike in salaries and wages as the country cannot bear the additional financial burden.
The increase of maternity leave from three to six months is in line with the government’s policy of encouraging breastfeeding among mothers.
To curb the spread of the Omicron virus, all government officials have been directed to work from home (WFH) after the New Year break.
The cost savings of remote working are attractive as employers do not have to pay rent for office space, building utilities, and compensation for transport.
These workers were more likely to lose their jobs because they dominated sectors that were hard-hit, like hotels and restaurants, wholesale, and retail.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can now register for the second phase of the recently announced Job Retention SME programme.
The digital finance service is part of a smart payment infrastructure connecting government agencies, lenders and businesses with digital technology.
One of the projects is an identification programme, aimed at helping SMEs access government e-services and promoted government projects.
The cabinet has given the go-ahead for a soft-loan package worth 5 billion baht (US$150 million) to help create jobs for the unemployed.
To maintain financial and commercial stability, such businesses will have to provide notification before commencing operations.
To help SMEs retain employees, the Thai Cabinet has approved a 37-billion-baht (US$1.1 billion) subsidy programme that will help pay for salaries.
Companies with approval will have to fully implement their upgrade plans within three years from the BOI certificate issuance date.
As the country gets ready to reopen its borders on November 1, the Labour Ministry has announced that 222,871 jobs have been created.
Foreigners who would qualify for this lower tax rate must work in fields in which Thailand faces a skills shortage, and could work anywhere in the country.
A new project will help generate new jobs, maintain employment for about 400,000 workers and subsidise the income of over four million workers.
To help about 480,122 struggling small businesses keep five million employees employed, the government is planning to roll out subsidies.
The country’s planning agency is launching a 45.4-billion-baht (US$1.4-billion) stimulus package to help small businesses keep jobs.
Support will also be extended for an existing scheme that encourages domestic travel until end-February as the pandemic situation eases.
The funds will financially support companies and employees affected by the latest measures to contain the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.