Q&A - Conventus Law Talks With Ngo Nhat Minh, Founder of BLawyers Vietnam About The Labor Code 2019.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Vietnam - Labour & Employment

15 October, 2021


Has Labor Code 2019 helped Vietnam with regards to the international free trade agreements (matching international standards etc...)?


In the context of Vietnam joining the international free trade agreements, the Labor Code 2019 was amended to match with the international standards. Specifically, the Labor Code 2019 has been amended according to two documents of International Labor Organization, i.e. Convention No. 98 on Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining and Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize. Respecting and applying regulations of those Conventions show that Vietnam meets the requirements in joining the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Some examples for the above changes are:


  • The Labor Code 2019 has regulated the gender equality on salary payment to employees and the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • Employees can freely establish or join a representative organization of their choice, which such organization is not necessarily a member of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.


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Minh Ngo Nhat, Managing Partner, BLawyers