Section 27

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Section 27 stipulates that service charges may only be charged once the job seeker has received their first payment of wages.

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Section 27. No domestic employment licensee shall demand or receive service charge or expense before the circumstance that the employer accepts the job-seeker to work as employee and makes the first payment of wage to such employee.

Upon receiving service charge or expense, a domestic employment licensee shall issue a receipt to the job-seeker in accordance with the form as determined by the Director-General.

Law / Thailand / Employment and Job Seeker Protection Act B.E. 2528 (1985)

This Act is the primary piece of legislation regulating the operation of recruiters in Thailand.  The Act has been amended a number of times to deal with the increasing numbers of overseas employment service businesses setting up in Thailand, and complaints of employment services businesses engaging in fraud and deceptive conduct.  However the effect of the Act remains somewhat limited and is generally considered to be restricted in application to outbound Thai migrant workers.  The International Labour Organisation and NGOs have therefore recommended its expansion to provide explicit protection to inbound migrant workers from other countries.