Foreign worker residences in Brunei under microscope of country's Labour Department

  • Brunei
  • Sunday, 21 Nov 2021

One of the foreign workers' residence that was inspected by officials from the Brunei Labour Department. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov 21 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): Two companies were instructed to relocate their employees to residences that meet the minimum housing standards, in particular having enough rooms to accommodate the number of existing employees during an inspection by personnel of the Labour Enforcement Division, Labour Department on foreign workers’ residences on November 13.

The inspection involved 17 companies and 41 residences.

The inspection’s objective was to enforce the laws under the Employment Order 2009, specifically under Chapter 80 (a), (b) and (c) and Chapter 81 (1)and 2) which states it is the duty of the employer to provide employees a clean, comfortable and safe place of residence, and the construction and maintenance of any building or place of residence of the employees used should comply with the requirements of other written laws.

The inspection also aims to ensure workers’ residence is in accordance with the minimum standards of the housing standards guidelines issued by the Labour Department.

Employers should provide housing that is not overcrowded with foreign workers.

In addition, employers are advised to make adequate accommodation arrangements to house employees in separate rooms in the event of COVID-19 positive cases.

Failure to comply with the requirements under Chapter 80 (a), (b) and (c); and Chapter 81 (1) and (2) of the Employment Order 2009 may be subject to a compound fine of BND600 for the first offence and BND900 for the second offence.

Subsequent offences are subject to prosecution action as required by Chapter 148, and if convicted, face a fine of fine no more than BND3,000, imprisonment no more than one year, or both.

The Labour Department reminded employers to monitor the welfare of employees in accordance with the Employment Order 2009. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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