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Update in Labor and Social Security Legislation in Lao PDR: Increase of Contribution to the Social Security Fund
By Anna Linden
The Laotian National Social Security Fund is a Government Agency implementing the Social Security Law (No. 34/NA, dated 26 July 2013) and its adjoining rules and regulations. The legislation in place requires employers to contribute to the Government operated Social Security Fund (“the Fund”), which covers, inter alia, health insurance, short-term benefits, insurance against work injury and occupational disease compensation.
In particular, the legislation in place stipulates a monthly deduction from gross salary of 6 % of the employee’s salary to the Fund and to be paid by the employer and further to that a 5.5 % contribution through the employee. In practice, the employer deducts his/her own and the employee’s contribution from the salary and remits the amount required to the Fund.
Until end December 2016, the maximum base salary on which the contribution has been calculated, amounted to LAK 2,000,000 (approx. USD 245) per month and per employee. As of 1 January 2017, this amount has been raised to LAK 4,500,000 (approx. USD 550) per month and
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