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...

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...

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...

The Vietnamese government has recently published draft amendments to Decree No. 92/2016/ND-CP which governs the conditions for investment and business in the aviation industry (Decree 92). The new amendments will open up expanded opportunities for foreign investors in the burgeoning aviation industry, but will make it more difficult for new domestic entrants, due to increased...