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Myanmar Labor Law and the Coronavirus Pandemic Webinar

Duration: 45 minutes

Although there are fewer than 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) in Myanmar as yet, companies in Myanmar have already observed quite a stir in their regular operations. The government has been releasing some instructions regarding precautions and safety measures to which everybody has to adhere. However, instructions related strictly to workplaces (instructions for factories and workplaces to prevent COVID-19) do not refer to responsibilities and obligations of both employees and employers that have been based on labor laws and adjusted subject to the rapidly changing situation. In order to prevent employees from potential health risks and minimize disturbances to business operations and possible losses, most companies have already implemented business continuity planning. In doing so, many of our clients have faced questions and we attempt to answer those questions in this webinar.


  • If an employee self-quarantines, does this count as annual leave, a normal working day, or leave of absence?
  • Can an employer oblige an employee to self-quarantine? Can an employer terminate the employment should the employee refuse
  • If an employer is informed that one employee has tested positive, or has a test pending, what must or may the employer tell the other employees?
  • If an employer discriminates against certain employees (e.g. Chinese), is the employer liable for this?
  • What if an employee wants to stay home to take care of children due to school closures or children being sick?
  • What if public transport is closed and an employee cannot get to work?
  • Is an employee entitled to work from home?
  • If an employee falls sick, who pays the salary?
  • In view of a potential lockdown, does the employer have to pay the full salary to employees in times of pandemic and temporary closure of offices? What financial benefits are employees entitled to in case of permanent closure of business.


Edwin Vanderbruggen
Senior Partner

Edwin is the senior partner of VDB Loi and a leading foreign legal advisor living in Myanmar since 2012. A frequent advisor to the Government on transactions and privatizations in energy, transportation and telecom, he is widely recognized for his “vast knowledge” (Legal 500) and his ability “to get difficult things through the bureaucracy ” (Chambers, 2016). He advises international financial institutions on their largest Myanmar transactions, oil and gas supermajors, a greenfield multi- billion US$ telecom project and the Japanese Government on the Thilawa SEZ. He assisted two newly licensed foreign banks setup in Myanmar, acted for the sponsor of an 800MUS$ urban infrastructure PPP project and worked on 6 out of 7 power deals inked in 2016.

Anna Mąkosa
Senior Associate

Anna is an experienced Polish qualified lawyer in the Corporate M&A team, with qualifications from Warsaw University as well as the University of Florida. Having gained invaluable experience working in Laos, as well as over five years in Myanmar, she has built up extensive knowledge of the Southeast Asian market and is an expert in corporate, labor law matters, aviation, and capital markets in Myanmar. Anna leads the corporate team, focusing on assisting clients with corporate transactions and acquisitions as well as advising numerous corporates on their investment activities and strategic projects.

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April 3, 2020
Yangon: 1.30pm | Bangkok: 2.00pm | Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia: 3.00pm | Seoul, Tokyo: 4.00pm
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