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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lawmakers discuss overtime cap and retirement age

Updated: 17:41’ - 15/08/2019
Increasing the overtime cap and retirement age topped the agenda for lawmakers at the ongoing meeting of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on August 14.

Lawmakers discuss on increasing the overtime cap and retirement age at the ongoing meeting of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on August 14__Photo: baochinhphu.vn

Discussing the draft revised Labor Code, many deputies agreed with the draft’s suggestion to increase the maximum allowable overtime working hours to 400 hours per year from the current 300.

However, they said the cap should only be applied for certain sectors and professions.

Some deputies proposed careful consideration and study about this issue to ensure the increase is in line with working conditions and workers’ health.

They said the increase must ensure agreement between employers and employees and guarantee the rights of both employers and employees.

Some deputies proposed a regulation to control the maximum allowable overtime working hours for each month.

NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty said the target of the revised Labor Code was to improve the living and working conditions of workers. The overtime increase should be open for public feedback and needed further consideration to boost salary while reducing working time.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan noted careful consideration was needed for the proposal.

Violations in extra working time were still common in many areas and sectors and originated from businesses’ demands to increase their output, product orders and turnover without investment in expanding production and employing more workers, she said.

Discussing retirement age regulations, many deputies agreed with the retirement age increase roadmap as regulated by the Government, under which retirement age for males will be increased to 62 by 2028 and 60 for females by 2035.

Concluding the discussion, NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong asked lawmakers to carefully review and study the feasibility of the revision of the law and harmonize the interests of both employers and employees.- (VNS/VLLF)

 

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