Approving the Resolution to submit to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on environmental protection tax on gasoline and oil

1. Approving the Resolution to submit to the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on environmental protection tax on gasoline and oil

The Government has just issued Resolution No. 31/NQ-CP approving the draft Resolution to be submitted to the Standing Committee of National Assembly on environmental protection tax rates for gasoline, oil and grease until the end of December 31st, 2022 according to the proposals of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Trade are responsible for the content and data of the report.

Following the direction of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance has researched and prepared the Resolution to be submitted to the National Assembly Standing Committee on environmental protection tax rates for gasoline, oil and grease in the abbreviated procedure. Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance proposed to reduce the environmental protection tax for gasoline by 2,000 VND/liter; for diesel, fuel oil, lubricating oil by 1,000 VND/liter; for grease by 1,000 VND/kg; for kerosene by 700 VND/liter. At the same time, the Ministry of Finance proposed that the resolution shall take effect from April 1st, 2022 to the end of December 31st, 2022.

2. Approving the Resolution on the number of overtime hours of employees

On March 23rd, 2022, The Standing Committee of National Assembly voted to pass a resolution on the number of overtime hours in a month and in a year for employees. The resolution clearly states that, if the employer has the demand and have consents by the employee, the employee can work overtime for more than 40 hours but not more than 60 hours in a month.

The following cases shall be excluded from the above regulation: employees are from 15 years old to under 18 years old; employees are mildly disabled person with a working capacity decrease of 51% or more, severe disability or specially severe disability; employees doing heavy, hazardous or dangerous works or specially heavy, hazardous or dangerous works; female employees being pregnant from the 7th month or from the 6th month if working in highland, remote, border or island areas;fFemale employees who are raising children under 12 months old. 

In addition, this provision does not apply to the cases specified in Clause 3, Article 107 of the Labor Code.

Previously, the Labor Code of 2019 which took effect from January 1st, 2021, restricted the number of overtime frame of 200 hours per year, and increased the maximum number of hours in a month to 40 hours.

The newly approved resolution takes effect from April 1st, 2022, and the regulation on overtime hours in a year takes effect from January 1, 2022.

3. Amending regulations on management of export and import of cultural products for non-commercial purposes

The Government has just issued Decree No. 22/2022/ND-CP dated March 25th, 2022 amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 32/2012/ND-CP dated April 12th, 2012 on managing the export and import of cultural products for non-business purposes, in which some regulations on film import are added.

Specifically, the Decree supplements Clause 3, Article 8 with the authority to grant import permits for cultural products as follows: The film import licensing agency revokes the film import license when detecting that the film’s content violates the prohibited provisions in the Law on Cinematography.

Regarding procedures for granting the permit to import of cultural products, the Decree amends and supplements Clause 5, Article 9 as follows: Individuals and organizations are responsible for providing imported cultural products and customs declarations (a true certified copy is not required) to the licensing agency to inspect.

The Decree also adds provisions: Individuals who import movies for personal use only commits not to violate the prohibition provisions in the Law on Cinematography and use films in accordance with the provisions of the law.

In addition, the Decree amends and supplements Clause 5, Article 10: The maximum time for assessment of imported cultural products shall not exceed 12 working days. For film products, the time for assessment shall not exceed 12 working days from the date the organization provides the copy of such film.

Decree No. 22/2022/ND-CP takes effect from May 10th, 2022.

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