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Legal Updates

Amendment to Law on Notary Profession
The Government issued the Law No. 2 of 2014 dated 15 January 2014 ("Law No. 2/2014") on Amendment to the Law No. 30 of 2004 on Notary Profession. The Law No. 2/2014 adds two new requirements to be admitted as a notary: a. Complete an internship at a notary office(s) for 24 consecutive months after obtaining a master’s degree in notarial law (M ... read more

Statutory Reserves for Commercial Banks Reregulated
Bank Indonesia has issued Regulation No. 15/15/PBI/2013 on Rupiah and Foreign Currency Statutory Reserve Requirements for Conventional Commercial Banks ("PBI 15/2013") which sets out the statutory reserve requirements (Giro Wajib Minimum – “GWM") in Rupiah and foreign currencies that must be satisfied on a daily basis by commercial banks and the branch offices of foreign banks ... read more

New Income Tax Rates for Income Derived from Bond Interest
Government Regulation No. 100 of 2013 (“Amendment”) was recently issued, to amendment Government Regulation No. 16 of 2009 on Income Tax on Bond Interest (“2009 Regulation”). The Amendment has been in force since 31 December 2013 and is relevant to banks (Indonesian and foreign bank branch offices) and all mutual fund companies investing in bonds ... read more

New Procedures for Employing Foreign Workers
The Minister of Manpower and Transmigration (“Minister”) has issued Regulation No. 12 of 2013 on Procedures for Recruiting Foreign Workers (“2013 Regulation”) which shall be effective as of 30 December 2013. Under the 2013 Regulation, companies may only hire foreign workers that satisfy the following requirements: (i) Have educational qualifications suitable for the designated position; (ii) Possess relevant competence, supported by competency certificates or have at least five years work experience relevant to the position; (iii) Provide a written declaration of willingness to transfer their skills and knowledge to fellow Indonesian workers; and (iv) Able to communicate in Indonesian ... read more

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