New labour law supporting work from home setup takes effect


COMING into effect today (Apr. 19) is the Labor Protection Act (No. 8) B.E. 2566 upon promulgation in the Royal Gazette with this legislation supporting work from home arrangements between employers and employees, Matichon newspaper and Tilleke & Gibbins law firm said.

The new legislation states that an employee may work outside the employer’s office or business place at home or at their accommodation or anywhere that the employee can work remotely through information technology, if the nature of the work permits.

The employer and employee should reach an agreement on details such as the length of the contract, working days, normal working hours, breaks and overtime, leave, the employee’s scope of duties, the scope of the employer’s supervision and provision of tools and various equipment including necessary costs related to doing the work.

Employees who work from home have the right to refuse contact by the employer, the supervisor or inspector by all channels beyond working hours unless consent has been given in advance.

Employees working remotely at home or their accommodation or through the use of information technology at any location have the same rights and are protected by various labour laws as applies to those working in the employer’s workplace or office.


Representative images of employees working from home. Top photo:  Unsplash/Tran Mau Tri Tam and published by CNA, Front Page photo: Matichon

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