Lao P.D.R. has long been a high-potential destination for foreign investors due to its abundant natural resources and strategic location. As the number of legal entities increased, the number of labor disputes have also rose accordingly. In the past, companies sometimes faced issues over the uncertain legal framework for resolving labor disputes. In February 2018, to further strengthen the...

On July 11, 2018, Cambodia passed an amendment to the Labor Law that eliminates “indemnity for dismissal”—a local legal concept equivalent to a severance payment—for undetermined duration contracts (i.e., employment contracts without a fixed expiration date), and replaces it with an ongoing requirement for employers to pay employees a new “seniority payment.” These amendments affect...

On July 18, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) announced that its Competition and Consumer Protection Authority has reminded multi-level marketing (MLM) companies to fulfill their statutory reporting requirements. Specifically, under Article 49 of Decree No. 40/2018/ND-CP on Multi-Level Marketing, there is a requirement for MLM companies to submit reports every six months, using the...

As of mid-2018, more than 200 franchises had been registered in Vietnam, including franchises in food and beverages, fashion, education, and other sectors. With half of its population of nearly 100 million under the age of 30, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing franchise markets in the world. Before entering Vietnam, foreign franchisors should have a solid understanding of the country’s...

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is considering issuing a circular to amend Circular No. 47/2014/TT-BCT of 2014 on the management of e-commerce websites, and Circular 59/2015/TT-BCT of 2015 on the management of e-commerce activities via mobile applications. It is expected that the amendments will be issued in the coming months. The proposed amendments in the...