Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch (left) during the press conference on November 28 at the Office of the President in Meyuns. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

The First major revision to Palau’s Labor Regulations since 2005 has been completed and submitted to the APA process for review.

Interested members of the public have 30 days to review and make recommendations before the final versions becomes the official.

“Current Labor Regulations is outdated and do not include many of the changes that have been made to Labor Law since 2005, such as the change of status provision,” said Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch at the press conference this week.

The draft regulations incorporate all the changes that have been made to the Labor law since 2005 and further clarifies some of the terms that have been problematic for Labor office as well as employees and employers.

“We have also recently adopted stricter anti-human trafficking policies, this regulation incorporates those as well. Our laws need to protect foreign workers in Palau as well,” added Vice President Oilouch.

Draft regulations address such matters as Placement Temporary Permit, Third Party Surety or Guarantor for Repatriation Cost, Subcontract arrangement, salary deductibles, Exempt Operator and other labor contract issues.

Copies of the regulations can be obtained at the Division of Labor and the final date for accepting recommendations is December 27, 2018. (L.N. Reklai)