Department of Labour seeks help for those unemployed by Covid19, discusses higher than 50 percent social security payouts

BANGKOK (NNT) – The measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have unfortunately affected many businesses, leading to pay cuts and layoffs.

The Ministry of Labour will be proposing urgent measures to help employers and employees, in the Cabinet’s meeting tomorrow, including social security payments for the unemployed at half their salary whole discussing increasing this cap.

Employees enrolled in the Social Security system who have been laid off or asked to take leave without pay will receive compensation from Social Security at half their salary for up to 180 days. Employees affected by official orders to shut down certain businesses will receive Social Security compensation at half their salary for up to 60 days.

The Vice Minister of Labour Duangrit Benjathikul Chairungruang, said today the Ministry of Labour is considering an increase in this compensation rate beyond 50 percent of their monthly salary, which will be proposed at the Cabinet’s meeting tomorrow.

The Ministry of Labour will be asking the Cabinet to offer special residence permit extensions for migrant workers and their followers in Thailand, up to 30th June 2020. They must be properly registered by 31st March to be eligible. Migrant workers returning home during this period and wishing to return once the situation resolves will be allowed to return, provided that they have properly registered.

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