Enterprises which employ a large number of female laborers would be entitled to soft loans and tax incentives, according to a draft decree compiled by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to guide the Labor Code’s provisions on policies for female employees.
Under the draft, enterprises that have feasible projects capable of creating new jobs for female employees would be entitled to soft loans from the National Employment Fund. If meeting difficulties arising from economic downturn, enterprise may seek support from the National Employment Fund so as to avoid job cutbacks.
Production line of Canon Vietnam Company Limited in Pho Noi A industrial park (Hung Yen province) __Photo: Danh Lam /VNA
In addition to incentives for enterprises employing female laborers, the draft also proposes several measures to support women workers.
Accordingly, employers would be required to join hands with local administrations in building nursery schools or partially pay daycare expenses for their female employees’ children.
In case a business decides to provide support for the commune-level People’s Committee of the locality where it is headquartered to build a preschool, the specific support level would be agreed between the two parties but must be at least one percent of the business’s wage fund. In this case, the business would be entitled to incentives with regard to land rental and loans from the Social Policy Bank to invest in the construction of the preschool.
Meanwhile, if a business chooses to provide support directly, each child of its female laborers would be entitled to a monthly support of VND 20,000 or equal to two percent of the regional minimum wage.
The draft also contains specific provisions on healthcare for female employees, consultation of representatives of female employees on matters related to the rights and interests of women and career training for female employees, among others.-