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Netherlands: New Minimum Wage

(July 14, 2016) The gross minimum wage for full-time workers age 23 and older in the Netherlands increased to €1,537.20 (about US$1,698) per month on July 1, 2016. (Statutory Minimum Wage as of 1 July 2016 (May 26, 2016), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website.) The previous minimum gross monthly wage for that category of […]

Netherlands: Online Marriage Notification

(July 8, 2016) As of July 1, 2016, the Netherlands has instituted the option for spouses- and partners-to-be of digitally notifying the civil status registrar of their intention to marry or enter into a registered partnership.  The computerized notification is based on a decision of the Minister of Security and Justice to allow municipal authorities […]

Turkey: Immunity for Soldiers Involved in Counterterrorism Operations

(July 5, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted a law amending the Turkish Armed Forces Personnel Law, along with some other laws, to provide for immunity from prosecution, in some cases, of armed forces personnel engaged in counterterrorism operations; prosecution of soldiers will require the permission of “the military […]

Netherlands: Grounds for Revoking Asylum Residence Permits Broadened

(June 30, 2016) In a letter of May 25, 2016, to the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament, K.H.D.M. Dijkhoff, the Minister for Migration, indicated that the policy on revocation or refusal of an asylum residence permit will be made more stringent. Dijkhoff stated, “[w]hen people commit serious crimes that severely impact the […]

Vietnam: New Provisions on Cultural Treasures Sent Abroad

(June 23, 2016) Under Decision No. 23/2016/QD-TTg, issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam on June 7, 2016, items formally designated as national treasures may be transported abroad “to serve state-level diplomatic activities of the Party General Secretary, the President, the Prime Minister and the National Assembly Chairperson.” (PM Allows Transport of National Treasures Abroad, […]

Vietnam: Five-Year Program to Reduce Child Labor

(June 22, 2016) On June 7, 2016, Vietnam’s Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1023/QD-TTg on the country’s program to combat illegal child labor. The program, which covers the period 2016-2020, focuses “on preventing and minimizing child labor while timely detecting and assisting child laborers and vulnerable children in accessing opportunities for development.”  (Gov. Determines To […]

Vietnam: Stiffer Penalties for Drunk Driving and Other Offenses

(June 20, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Vietnamese government issued Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP, on administrative sanctions for road traffic and rail transport violations. Most of the provisions enter into force on August 1, 2016.  The new Decree replaces Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.  (Stiffer Fines Await Drunk Drivers, VIETNAM LAW […]

Netherlands/United States: MoU on Strengthening Criminal Justice in Caribbean

(June 17, 2016) On June 2, 2016, the Attorney General of the United States, Loretta E. Lynch, and the Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, Ard van der Steur, along with the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on enhancing cooperation and strengthening law enforcement […]

Thailand: Digital Ministry Established as Part of National Digital Economy Plan

(June 14, 2016) It was reported on June 3, 2016, that Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, whose members have been appointed by the military government, unanimously approved legislation establishing a new Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) in the country. (NLA Approves Establishment of Digital Ministry, BANGKOK POST (June 3, 2016).) This administrative change is […]

China: Measures on Audits of High-Risk Taxpayers

(June 10, 2016) China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) issued a set of measures on May 19, 2016, to apply as of July 1, 2016, containing rules on tax audits of “high-risk taxpayers” and on the administration of tax audit cases. (Shiqi Ma, China (People’s Rep.): Rules on Tax Inspection and Administration of Information on […]