The Standing Committee of the National Assembly met on Thursday to discuss and deliberate on drafts for labor and price laws, and a proposal to extend maternity leave for female employees for a period of six months.
The Standing Committee for Social Issues agreed to extend the maternity leave to six months instead of the present four months. Female employees have an option to choose their maternity time period from four or six months, but will still receive allowance for six months.
Overtime working hours will remain unchanged and businesses can accommodate four extra working hours a day, 200 hours per year, except in some special case when timings may increase, but not more than a total of 300 hours per year.
Notably, overtime payment should be increased by 20 percent compared to the current level. Especially for those working overtime at night on week days will be paid at least 200 percent more than basic pay.
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly said there were two controversial points in the price law, including for price subsidization as well as on list of subsidized commodities and services.
Vuong Dinh Hue, Minister of Finance said that the state budget should not be used for price subsidization programs but only in situations of a natural disaster or enemy invasion.
According to the minister, the price subsidized program only solves a peripheral issue as it is the businesses that benefit the most not so much the consumer.
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