Overview of Employment Law in Thailand (POSTPONED)

Thailand’s labour laws and regulations differ from other neighboring Asian countries including Singapore. Comparing to other countries in South East Asia, Thailand’s labour laws are rather highly developed and protective of employee's rights and benefits.  Labour cases are more likely to end in favour of employees.  Thailand’s employment laws include working conditions such as maximum work hours, holidays, sick leave, minimum wage and severance pay. Nevertheless, they also provide employers with the flexibility in managing labour, such as in areas of staff recruitment processes, retrenchment policies etc.

The workshop will provide the brief overview of the minimum requirements that foreign employers should be aware of with regards to Thailand’s existing labour laws and regulations including the answers to questions frequently asked by foreign investors throughout the speaker’s experience and practice.

Programme Outline :

  • Legal Compliance for Employment Issues
  • Minimum Statutory Terms
  • Key Statutes
  • Labor Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998)
  • Thai Civil and Commercial Code
  • Conditions of Employment
  • Probationary period
  • Retirement
  • Remuneration structure
  • Wage payment;
  • Overtime payment;
  • Payment for work during holidays
  • Working hours, rest periods, overtime, public holidays

Other types of leaves 

  • Termination of Employment
  • Dismissal for cause statutory
  • Dismissal due to restructuring or modernization
  • Notice periods
  • Compensation on termination of employment          
  • Payment in lieu of notice
  • Payment for unused annual leave
  • Severance payments
  • Special severance payments
  • Exemption for severance payments
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Precedent Cases from Supreme Court Judgements of Thailand on legal issues on termination of employment
  • How to minimize company’s potential risks & avoid litigation of wrongful termination


Any foreign investors doing business in Thailand, as employer, requires a basic knowledge of the country’s labor laws and practices. Ignorance of such may result in a costly legal dispute. The aim is to avoid any potential unlawful practices, employment & labour disputes. Throughout this workshop, key types of employment contracts mostly practice in Thailand will be covered.

Who Should Attend

Any foreign investors planning to do business in Thailand or for HR Teams who are handling Thai employees.

Trainer’s Profile

Threenuch Bunruangthaworn
Partner, Bangkok, ZICOlaw (Thailand) Limited

Threenuch Bunruangthaworn is a partner in ZICOlaw (Thailand) Limited.  Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, competition law and employment.  Threenuch has extensive experience in assisting both Thai and foreign multinational clients in setting up their business operations and advising on relevant laws regarding foreign investment legal compliance in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.  She has been involved in a number of transactions concerning cross border acquisitions.  Threenuch also advises a number of labour legal issues for compliance with Thai labour laws.

Threenuch joined ZICOlaw (Thailand) in October 2007, prior to which she was a Legal Intern in Cohen Stimpert & Ford LLP, Los Angeles, (June 2007) and Legal Officer at the Bureau of Finance and Fiscal, The Comptroller General’s Department in The Ministry of Finance, Bangkok, Thailand (November 2001 - May 2002)


Fee Per Pax
(inclusive of GST)



15 February 2019 (Fri)
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

160 Robinson Road #06-01, SBF Center
Singapore 068914
SBF Member - $285
Non-Member - $385

Fee include course materials & tea break
Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a certificate of attendance

Administrative Details 

- Please log on to https://login.sbf.org.sg/SBFPortal/Sign_In.aspxwith your Username and Password to register. Please create an account for registration if you do not have an existing account with Singapore Business Federation (SBF).
- Upon registration, you can make payment using credit card via our online payment platform. An auto e-acknowledgement and invoice will be sent to your registered email.
- No cancellation is allowed upon registration but attendance by a replacement delegate from your company is welcomed. Please notify SBF of the change giving at least 3 days’ prior notice to event date to enable logistical arrangements for the replacement to be made.
- Full payment is required with registration and must be received prior the workshop to guarantee your place. Participants will only be admitted if payment/proof of payment has been received prior to the workshop or on event day.
- Participant will still be liable for full payment in the event of no-show on actual day of the workshop.
- SBF reserves the right to cancel or make any adjustments to the workshop.

Payment Details

1) Electronic Payment
Internet banking services with UOB or DBS via Billing Organization.

Payment can be made via our VISA/MasterCard terminal in our office

3) Cheque Payment
Please cross your cheque payable to Singapore Business Federation and mail it to 160 Robinson Rd #06-01, SBF Center, Singapore 068914
Indicate the Invoice number, Company and Participant name at the back of the cheque.

If you have registered less than 5 working days before the event date, please bring along the cheque on the day of workshop.

For more information, contact Josephine Lin at josephine.lin@sbf.org.sg    l    6701 1131

Note : To safeguard the well-being of all participants, we advise members who are feeling unwell to refrain from attending the workshop.

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2/15/2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
160 Robinson Road #06-01 SBF Center SINGAPORE 068914 SINGAPORE

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