Employers seek delay in garment pay reform

Plans to pay garment workers twice a month will be difficult for employers to implement, industry representatives have warned. The Labor Ministry is amending laws so companies will be required to pay staff twice a month, in a bid to protect workers from being abandoned by employers who owe them wages. But the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia is asking the ministry to give it a grace period before the law comes into force. A letter from association secretary-general Ken Loo to Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng, seen by Khmer Times on March 13, called for talks on setting an appropriate grace period to prepare for the reform. The association says it recognizes the obligation to comply with the change in the law but feared possible negative outcomes if the law is enforced immediately without an appropriate grace period to allow employers and workers to get ready.

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