The enforcement of the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers which came into effect on June 23 has been put on hold for 120 days.
The Government has decided to delay enforcing the fines to try and minimise the negative effect that has been seen on employers and migrant workers.
As love Pattaya has previously reported employers who gave work to illegal foreign workers could face a fine up to 800,000 baht and the migrant worker themselves could receive a fine up to 100,000 baht and a maximum of 5 years in prison.
Deputy premier Wissanu Krea-ngam said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will use his authority under article 44 of the interim charter to suspend enforcement of sections 101,102 and 122 of the new law that came into effect on June 23.
During this grace period the authorities will not arrest illegal migrant workers unless it is a matter of human trafficking.
The Government has urged workers to return home to get proper documentation so they can be legally registered to work in Thailand.
When the new law came into effect there was a surge of some 2,000 workers leaving the country in Myanmar, which was bound to cause concerns over a shortage of labour in the workforce.
Source : Thenation
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