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  1. I teach at a university and all dismissals/terminations are handled as per the universities campus wide HR policy - which for the most part is the same for Thai staff and non-Thai staff with minor exception (things like reporting to Labour of termination of a foreigner). Individual departments are not allowed to create their own nor deviate from the university established policy. Like Scott, our policy lays out offenses, if proven, mandate immediate dismissal .. most of these causes are also crimes as defined by Thai law... A few are not, but most are.. If a teacher is suspect of one of these offenses, they are placed on inactive duty (which is fully paid and still accrues seniority, vacation and sick time). An investigation is done, and the employee is appointed an independent "advisor" (who essentially acts as their defense lawyer) from the HR department as well who may sit in on all meetings, check/verify evidence, investigate, call witnesses etc.. A panel is held of 5 administrators and for a termination to be upheld a vote must be 3 or more of the five. For lesser accused offenses, the process is much less structured, but still has an investigation process, but no advisor appointed to you. After the investigation, the panel recommends a punishment which is from a range prescribed by the university. The proposed punishment then goes to the Dean of your Faculty for his/her approval, then to the Associate President for Administration. You may appeal any finding. For purely performance related dismissals (note that this is different from contract non-renewals) those follow a similar tract as the above, but take more time as the department must prove to the Dean that your performance is not up to prescribed standards. These dismissals DO require that the department must have given you at least one prior formal notice, AND a second notice which also requires the department to draft for you a Performance Improvement Plan or PIP. If you don't follow the PIP, then they can move to dismissal, but not unless they've given you the first written warning, and second step of doing a PIP for you. For non-renewals, they are required to notify you at least 30 calendar days prior to your contract end for contracts of 6 months, but less than one year. Contracts that are one year or more, require they give you 60 days prior notice. They must also tell you the reason: such as lack of funding, etc.. They can't use the contract non-renewal process as a means to sidestep the performance dismissal process in that if they serve you with a 30/60 day non-renewal notice, the department can't then turn around and file (with HR) an open position announcement for the exact same position (as defined by HR classification code) that you held and are now not being renewed. Overall, I've found at the university level, dismissal, supervision, hiring, etc are all handled quite transparently and they have a pretty well thought out process.
  2. I teach at the University level (and periodically am asked to "sub" for an absent native speaking teacher at our associated Demonstration School).. Here's my take... I think that the respect you, as the teacher will "get" (I personally prefer the term "earn") will be based in large part, by you, and how you act, speak, behave, dress, interact with your students ... yes, I DO think some of the respect will be very dependent on the student and there will be some (a small percentage in my experience) who are just plain disrespectful regardless of your (the teacher) actions and the like... So you can be picture perfect and some will just never take to you.. that's life and how it is.. But.. I do think that with some careful, purposeful planning on the teachers part, you can craft a personality and reputation that earns a very level of respect. As to the Thai teachers... For me, when I started, I was the first foreigner in my department but our faculty has a few.. So I wasn't "new per se", but most of the senior instructional staff had limited day-to-day exposure to a foreign teacher.. How I positioned myself from day one was as a "resource" for the senior staff... in other-words I tried to align myself as someone who was here to help them and not compete with them.
  3. If I were you, I'd file anyway.. As noted, you may have overpaid and eligible for a refund. As an aside, I tend to get a small refund each year and I've always received my refund (via paper cheque) in fairly short order.. The other upside to filing is that I recall is that MoL (Labour) now requires proof of tax compliance for renewal of a WP.. So, filing might also help you IF you have a WP or will renew a WP.
  4. I myself know several colleagues who teach at public high schools (M1-M6 level) and thus teachers fall under OBEC regulations in respect to teacher credentials.. All have had zero issues with receive their second waiver letter (2x2 =4yrs) near effortlessly ... and a few have received a third.. but in each case (those who applied for a third) each one was asked for some kind of proof that they were advancing toward meeting the requirements for a full 5-year license.. As I recall reading from TCT's own material there is a statutory limit of three letters (3x2 = 6yrs) ... but as all things in Thailand, I am less than confident that this is a hard-and-fast rule and can't be imposed or not, with varying levels of discretion. However, as teaching (legally) at a OBEC regulated school does require TCT licensing, and MoL (Labour) will require your license/waiver from TCT, IF your long term goal is to teact in an OBEC regulated school, I personally wouldn't want to go beyond my 2nd waiver (end of 4 years) unless I had reasonably solid documentation that you can show TCT that you will have everything needed to qualify for full licensing before the end of the 3rd waiver (end of 6 years).
  5. Price not withstanding, I do think that there is some long term value to be had in buying near mass transit like the new Blue line.. I don't that in and of itself is foolish.. What does give me some pause is the pricing.. I think given there appears to be an market imbalance, I think if you can find a good value in a unit that is ideally located-- then that would be a great buy. Long term, I do think units that are at, near or convenient to one of the new or soon-to-be-opened mass transit lines (or car park-and-ride units) will be a solid buy and I'd doubt that buyers would go underwater long term.. A buyer may not see massive value appreciation especially on the short-term due to apparent supply/demand imbalance, but as that supply is absorbed and the imbalance corrects, I suspect buyers will some some modest level of gains.
  6. Slightly off topic.. I have had an Amex gold charge and Everyday (credit) both US issued for sometime.. the gold charge for well over a decade and the ED card for around 5 years. I wanted a Thai-issued Amex (I work here with a valid WP) so I stopped by Amex’s office in the SP Building and applied.. While I had to meet the monthly minimum income test for a Thai issued card, they were able to use my US issued cards payment and cardholder history to function as a “credit referral” which made my approval quite easy. I understand (but haven’t actually done it yet) that something similar may exist with Citi and their Thai-issued cards/application process and Citis’ US card operations. Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  7. I’ll bet the issue was with the reclaim belt itself. Normally for a widebody aircraft, bags are unloaded in 2 parts; a front “string” and a rear “string”. The cans in the front hold are loaded on one string of dollies attached to one tug, and the cans in the rear are loaded onto the other. Which bags/flights, will use which reclaim belt is usually something that’s worked out and planned in advance; like gate assignments based on expected arrival time and the number of bags expected (ergo the amount of time the belt will be occupied) I’ll bet there was a mechanical issue with that specific belt and either a) no other belt could be used without also requiring many other flights belt assignments to be moved as well... or... b) they (AoTs engineering staff) didn’t think the issue would take that long to resolve .... or lastly, c) there was simply no thought about the customer impact. The AoT controls reclaim belt assignments- not the carriers.
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