COVID-19 Updates - Vietnam

Information is continuing to emerge on COVID-19 and the resulting legislative changes being instituted in Vietnam. We have compiled a list of important updates for Vietnamese employers to be aware of. Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide the latest updates to keep you informed.

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Last Updated – March 30, 2020

 

Work Permits

The Vietnamese government has requested that the Ministry of Labor suspend the issuance of work permits. The Ministry of Labor has yet to announce a finalized decision or provide any details on how employers or employees will be impacted by the proposed changes.

 

Sick Pay and Leave

Employees who are away from work on mandatory quarantine are entitled to sick pay. For employees to receive sick pay, they must be able to produce a valid medical certificate.

Employers are not obligated to pay employees that have elected to self-quarantine. Employees that choose to isolate themselves due to COVID-19 must come to an agreement with their employer regarding what impact it will have on their work hours and their pay. Employers have the option to allow an employee to work from home and receive standard wages. Employers can also work out agreements with the employee for either paid, or unpaid leave.

 

Work Hour Reductions

Employers can reduce the work hours of their employees only if they reach an agreement with the employee to do so.

 

Terminations

Employees are only permitted to dismiss an employee under the current circumstance if they are able to clearly display that they have taken extensive measures to avoid the termination. If an employee is terminated, the employee must still follow the standard termination procedures and provide the terminated employee with severance pay if they have completed over 12 months of continuous service.