With the military junta installed in May 2014 (and scheduled to retain power until early 2016), we do not expect any significant changes to Thailand’s employment laws in 2015. Like 2014, we see little impetus for legislative change on the labour and employment law front in Thailand in 2015, with the military junta far more focused on a range of economic stimulus measures. 

2014 was devoid of any significant legal changes to the employment laws (other than a ministerial rule to prohibit employers from hiring children younger than 15 years old to work in agricultural businesses). The general lack of legislative change was mirrored in the absence of any significant decisions of the Central Labour Court, with one of the only significant decisions handed down in 2014 relating to contract employees and affirming an earlier decision of the Supreme Court which held that a company which recruits contract employees will be responsible for those employees and must ensure that they receive all benefits which an employee directly employed by such company would receive.