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05 September 2012

The Government in Borneo has warned that substantial punishments will wait for those breaking the Employment Agency Order 2004 which was only fully enforced in January 2012 and protects foreign workers, the Borneo Post writes today.

This follows developments in the country which have seen problems in the hiring of foreign workers. The Labour Department is monitoring the situation, having found that unauthorised agents, including un-licensed staffing firms, have broken the law when recruiting foreign workers.

The Employment Agency Order 2004 says: “No person shall carry on an employment agency unless he is the holder of a licence granted by the Commissioner (of Labour).” If this rule is violated, individuals can expect fines of over US$5,000 and imprisonment. 

The Department of Labour also reminded licensed employment agencies that under Section 31(f) of the Order, “Any licensee who lends, transfers or assigns, or who attempts or purports to lend, transfer or assign his license to any other person” could be liable for such high fees and a prison sentence.

The whole article can be read here


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