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In brief

The new year, 2022, has officially started with the launch and coming into force of novel legal policies that may impact the operations in general and workforce in particular of enterprises in Vietnam, especially those with foreign employees. The highlights are as follows:

  1. Adjusted social insurance contribution rates in response to policies for supporting employers and employees during the COVID-19 period
  2. Newly applied regulations on social insurance for foreigners
  3. New administrative fines related to gender equality
  4. New mobility-related rules
  5. New legal framework and guiding documents for sending Vietnamese employees overseas to work under contract
  6. Adjusted regulations on working hours and rest hours for employees doing seasonal production jobs or processing goods under orders
  7. New decree on administrative sanctions for violations in labor and relevant sectors

Recommended actions

Enterprises should review these regulations carefully to prepare for full compliance in the upcoming period.

If you would like to discuss the issues concerning these policies and their impact in detail, as well as how our Firm can help your business deal with the immediate effects of these new provisions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We will promptly inform you should there be any further development regarding these matters.

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Thuy Hang Nguyen is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Ho Chi Minh office and the head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam. She joined the Firm in 2006 and has been involved in a wide range of practice areas in various investment projects. She has extensive experience in employment and labor law, and has advised on corporate and regulatory compliance issues in Vietnam, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment licensing, corporate and commercial matters. Ms. Nguyen is a leading authority and frequent speaker on employment and labor law in Vietnam and the Asia Pacific region.


Van Trung Khuat joined Baker McKenzie in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2012, and is experienced in areas of employment, dispute resolution, and corporate compliance and investigation. He is an accredited mediator at the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London and at the Vietnam International Commercial Mediation Center, and frequently publishes articles and leads seminars on both advisory and contentious labor and employment law issues in Vietnam. During his time with Baker McKenzie, Trung has also worked in the Firm's Hanoi and Chicago offices. He also acts as Co-chair of the Human Resources and Training Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.


Tri Trung Pham is a Special Counsel in Baker McKenzie, Hanoi office.

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