A new text produced by the Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC) reassessing the
efficiency of Cambodia's ten year old Employment and Labour Law has been released
in Khmer. The text entitled The Cambodian Employment and Labour Law was presented
to the Senate in October, recommending several amendments to Cambodia's employment
law. In a report issued with the publication, Ann Vireak of CLEC identified several
inconsistencies in the interpretation of the law and proposed that the use of a more
concise language would result in a clearer interpretation of workplace legislation.
The book also recommends that the laws represent all employees engaged in employment
contracts. At present, the laws do not apply to public servants, police, army, judges,
air and maritime transportation personnel and domestic or household servants. In
addition to making the language of the law clearer and aiding legal training the
CLEC anticipate the Khmer publication will challenge the ambiguity of existing laws
and provide more certainty to those regulated by, and applying the law in workplaces.