The National Assembly Standing Committee has decided to increase workers’ monthly overtime cap from 40 hours to 60 hours.
The cap for annual overtime has also been increased from 200 hours to 300 hours, according to Resolution 17 signed and issued by National Assembly Chair Vuong Dinh Hue on March 26.
Workers at a confectionery line at Bao Hung International JSC in Thai Binh province. Several factory workers agree with the overtime increases as they could earn more to make ends meet.__(Photo: The Duyet/VNA)
|Workers at a confectionery line at Bao Hung International JSC in Thai Binh province. Several factory workers agree with the overtime increases as they could earn more to make ends meet.__(Photo: The Duyet/VNA)|
The resolution will take effect from April 1.
It follows a proposal made by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on March 10 to increase the monthly overtime cap, as businesses were reported to be struggling to keep production going since their employees got infected with COVID-19 and had to take time off work.
Employers must have their workers’ consent to implement overtime, the resolution states. They should provide benefits to ensure workers have more incentives to work than regulated in the labor laws.
Those not eligible to work more overtime are workers under 18 years old, workers with disabilities, those whose nature of the job is dangerous and toxic, pregnant women at six or seven months or more (depending on their locations), and mothers raising children under one year old.
The Government and labor ministry will oversee the implementation of the resolution. The General Confederation of Labor is tasked with guiding all-level labor federations to monitor the implementation to ensure workers’ rights.__(VLLF)