LABOUR LAW SECRETS PART V
But that is not the only legal obligation triggered by the size of an employer’s work force. Once an employer or company employs 50 or more people, an “Employees Committee” must be established.
Employees Committee members are entitled to hold their position for a term of three years. The minimum required number of members of the Employees Committee depends on the total number of the employees (see table).
Employers must arrange for a meeting with the Employees Committee at least once every three months, or when more than half of the Employees Committee members request a meeting, or whenever otherwise “appropriately requested,” in order to:
provide welfare for an employee or employees;
hold discussions regarding any Work Rule or Rules;
Consider employee complaints; or
Reach a compromise in a dispute.
Significantly, if any action of the employer is perceived to be to be unfair to an employee, the Employees Committee has the right to file a claim in the Labor Court on behalf of the employee.
Note: any employer who violates or fails to comply with the LPA may be punished according to the level of his or her offence with a fine of Thai Baht 5,000 to Thai Baht 200,000, or imprisonment of up to one year, or both.
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