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As explained in our previous alert, "New Law on Foreign Employees and Migrant Workers," a new Emergency Decree on Managing the Work of Aliens B.E. 2560 (2017) (Decree), which came into force immediately on 23 June 2017, substantially increases certain penalties for various offences relating to foreign employees working in Thailand. For example, an employer hiring a foreigner without a work permit is now subject to a fine from THB 400,000 to THB 800,000 per foreigner - increased from a fine from THB 10,000 to THB 100,000 per foreigner.

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