Suppose that a person A recently got a job in Vietnam from an international company based in Europe. FIt ism my understanding that the minimal sick leave days required in Vietnam is 30 days, but this company has it in the single digits.

Is this company violating Vietnamese labor laws? If yes, what can A do about it?

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    If the minimal sick days is 30 and they are giving 9 or less that sounds like they are violating the law.
    – Joe W
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 16:40
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    This is going to depend on the exact provisions of Vietnamese law. I don't know if that law is available in an official English-language version. I don't know if any poster here reads Vietnamese well enough to make an informed answer if there is no English-language version. Given the history, perhaps a French-language version is available. Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 17:19
  • Just wondering: Is A Vietnamese / has always lived in Vietnam / get a typical Vietnamese salary. Or are they for example French, moved to Vietnam by their company, paid a typical French salary?
    – gnasher729
    Commented Jul 15, 2022 at 4:55

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Such a person is not necessarily covered by Vietnamese employment law.

It is common for employees from one country to work in another - that does not automatically make them subject to the second country’s employment law. Temporary overseas assignments (which can be days, weeks, months, or even years) generally do not change the jurisdiction of the employment contract providing the intention is that the employee will return at the employer’s cost at the end.

The particulars depend on the details of each nation’s laws and any treaties between them as well as the terms of the employment contract and the actual situation.

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