Macau lawmakers continue discussions on gambling law amendments

Macau casino workers could be fired without cause in the future if concessionaires are suspended from business for a month to a year due to non-compliance, according to proposed changes to the gaming law, revealed the local media Inside Asia Gaming.

Compensation of dealers in the event of suspension of the contract

The Macau Legislative Assembly continued to discuss proposed amendments to the Gaming Law this week and its Second Standing Committee held its second meeting on Tuesday, May 17. After the meeting, commission chairman Chan Chak Mo revealed the details of the discussion at a press conference.

Committee members discussed the government’s proposed new provisions regarding the Chief Executive’s right to unilaterally terminate a concessionaire’s contract in the public interest and how dismissal of an employee should be handled in such cases, revealed Chan Chak.

Currently, the Gaming Law provides for the General Manager to unilaterally terminate a concessionaire’s contract if continued operation is deemed a threat to the security of the state and the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). .

In such cases, the government will carefully assess the seriousness and extent of the breach and the unlawful advantage gained, as well as any other factors that may weigh in on the decision to terminate the contract, and if a concessionaire has their contract suspended, it is not entitled to any compensation.

According to the new amendment to the Gaming Law proposed by the government, if the general manager unilaterally terminates the contract of a concessionaire, the concessionaire will be entitled to reasonable compensation calculated on the basis of the remaining duration of the contract and the investment. executed.

Table Games and Slots Cap Rule Misunderstood

The committee chair also provided reporters with additional explanations related to information released after Monday’s committee meeting, namely the cap on table games and slot machines for dealers.

Chan Chak cited government sources to illustrate an earlier misunderstanding that the chief executive will determine the maximum table games and slots for each dealer. Instead, the general manager will determine the total for all dealers.

At the second meeting of the committee since the government submitted its proposed amendments for consideration, committee members discussed the proposal that will allow the government to change, depending on economic conditions, the minimum gross gaming income requirement for each dealer.

Previously, the Legislative Assembly’s Second Standing Committee assessed the possibility of introducing tax breaks for dealers who attract foreign players to their sites.