Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Bangladesh as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Bangladesh: New law does not address key issues

Although a Labour (Amendment) Bill was passed by the national parliament at the end of last year, many politicians continue to complain that the most important outstanding issues have not been dealt with …

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Bangladesh: Women on the Boards of banks

The proportion of boards containing female Directors in the top 61 banks is slowly rising …

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Bangladesh: Government seeks to cut out ‘middle men’

Bangladesh’s Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Imran Ahmed, has announced that an official database has been established to display details of skilled and experienced nationals willing to work abroad …

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Bangladesh: Review of existing double taxation agreements underway

The tax authority is currently seeking to revise DTAs with 13 countries, including France, India, Norway, Mauritius, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK …

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Bangladesh: Migrant workers to enjoy reduced costs for obtaining emigration clearance

The new reduced cost for “ordinary” workers departing for Kuwait, Jordan, Seychelles, Croatia, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Australia, Fiji and Russia is 52,850 taka (US$512), whilst the cost for skilled and professional workers leaving for Kuwait, Seychelles, Australia, Fiji and Russia is now 41,250 taka (US$399) …

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Bangladesh: Amendments to the Labour Law

Many fundamental changes are being made to the Labour Act, in response to a critique by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that should be completed by next Summer …

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Bangladesh: Preparations for amending the Labour Act

The government has finally responded to threats from the European Commission (See DN 04/08/22) and is drawing up amendments to the Labour Act 2006 …

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Bangladesh: Labour reforms guarantees new mother paid leave after birth

Under the existing Labour Act 2006, a woman who failed to give due notice of an impending birth was able to still take 8 weeks leave after the birth, but not on a paid basis …

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Bangladesh: EU team concerned about delay in EPZ labour law amendment

The European Union has complained to the government because promised legal reforms have not been carried out …

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Bangladesh: Government to bring middlemen under legal framework

The Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 is being amended to include “middlemen” as formal sub-agents …

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Bangladesh: Global unions and brands agree to 3-month extension of Bangladesh Accord

A number of leading international fashion brands have agreed to extend their current “accord” with trade unions UNI and IndustriALL by a further three months from 31st May 2021 …

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Bangladesh: EU pressures

The European Commission has begun to exercise its facility to insist on certain employment standards under the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) treaty …

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Bangladesh: Government sets rice mill workers’ minimum wage at Tk 7,810

A major industrial sector across the country is rice milling …

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Bangladesh: Confusion about the wage subsidy scheme

Although the government has introduced a wage subsidy scheme to allow companies in export-orientated industries to furlough staff on 60% of their normal wage, there remains much confusion about how such temporary layoffs should be handled …

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Bangladesh: Zakat al-fitr (Fitrana) salary payments

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has advised employers to make their monthly salary and benefit payments before Eid-ul-Fitr on the 23rd to the 24th May 2020 …

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