Initiatives and Compensation Formulas Regarding on Run Away Employees Cases

In 2018 alone, a total of 1 thousand 519 foreign workers have been evicted from the country, for disobeying the law. Meanwhile the Immigration and National Registration Department has recorded 19 domestic workers and 69 company workers running away from their employers in 2017. Meanwhile in 2018, 10 domestic workers and 43 company workers had run away from their employers. The Minister of Home Affairs explained the matter in respond to a query by Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Ali bin Pengiran Maon.

The Minister of Home Affairs added among the Labour Department's initiative is planning and providing compensation formula to employers, which will be shouldered by the employment agency or the runaway employee, specifically outside the compensation period given by the employment agency. The formula aimed to compensate the employer for any worker who failed to fulfil the employment contract, usually for 2 years, which was caused by the worker or domestic helper themselves without any valid reason, upon investigation and verification by the Labour Department. Any runaway employee found guilty without any valid reason, the Labour Department can recommend to the Immigration and National Registration Department, to prevent the worker from working in the country for a suitable period of time, or to blacklist the worker.

The Labour Act which have been revised to Employment Order 2009 only covers terms and condition for employment such as wages, accommodation and leave. Actions have been and will be taken against the type of offences committed by the employees.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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