Laos govt advises employers to avoid hiring foreign workers

  • Laos
  • Friday, 13 Mar 2020

Passengers passing in front of a temperature screening camera at the arrivals area of Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. Employers in Laos should avoid hiring new foreign nationals from areas or cities where the coronavirus has been reported, authorities have advised on Friday (March 13). - AFP

VIENTIANE: Employers in Laos should avoid hiring new foreign nationals from areas or cities where the coronavirus has been reported, authorities have advised.

Laos Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has issued an announcement asking employers to follow the new rules imposed to regulate workers, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Before entering Laos, overseas workers must have their temperature checked at ports of entry and undergo any other checks imposed by the authorities, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday (March 13).

The ministry also told Labour and Social Welfare Departments in provinces and Vientiane capital to work with the relevant authorities before granting permission to hire foreign labourers.

The departments were also told to work in collaboration with the relevant bodies and exercise caution when sending Lao workers abroad as well as receiving them from foreign countries.

Regulating Laos and foreign workers in this regard should strictly follow guidance issued by the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, the ministry said.

The ministry told employers to provide essential equipment to both local and international employees to protect them against the virus.

Employers are required to monitor their staff closely on a daily basis, and those found with flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, sore throat, sneezing and breathing difficulties must be sent to a hospital for observation.

Laos authorities have previously warned Laos nationals not to travel to cities or areas where virus outbreaks have occurred.

The Task Force Committee told State departments to consider suspending or postponing overseas work trips by their civil servants to outbreak countries.

Laos authorities also told foreign airlines to check the temperature of their pilots, flight attendants and passengers before flying to Laos in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Laos.

As of Thursday, there were no confirmed cases of the virus in Laos, according to the report. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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