Labour and employment in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at Law covers the full spectrum of employment issues and is notably strong in the pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors. Nafis Adwani leads the team and is skilled in handling contracts, immigration issues, HR policies, redundancies and TUPE matters. Other key individuals from the team include Indra Setiawan, who is experienced in employment disputes, and Sahat Siahaan, who regularly acts on mediation and arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Nafis Adwani 

Other key lawyers:

Indra Setiawan; Sahat Siahaan


‘Solid team approach, always come up with holistic approach. ‘

‘They not only give advise based on what has been said in laws and regulations, but they will give us perspective in term of risk and how to mitigate for every suggestion given to us.’

‘ABNR not only have strong labor law capabilities and knowledge but they have very strong local know-how and wisdom.’

Key clients





Alfa Atrindo

Johnson & Johnson

Merck & Co Inc

Daimler Group


Merck KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck Sharp & Dohme on the mass termination of more than 70 employees from the client’s pain and allergy division following the establishment of a global partnership between Merck and Italy-based pharma company Menarini.
  • Advised Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) on the termination of 33 employees ahead of the liquidation of Petronas’ subsidiary in Indonesia
  • Handled all employment-related aspects of Industrial Bank of Korea’s acquisition of PT Bank Agris and PT Bank Mitraniaga, and their ongoing merger.
  • Handling all employment law aspects of the ongoing merger of Bank Dinar and Bank Oke Indonesia following their respective acquisitions by APRO.
  • Represented Edelman in the District Court after the company was sued for severance pay by an individual following his termination.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie's full-service employment practice is predominantly active in the energy and natural resources, TMT, manufacturing, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. Timur Sukirno leads the team and has extensive experience in employment litigation and arbitration. Also recommended is Alvira M Wahjosoedibjo, who focuses on general advisory work. Susie Beaumont left the firm and is now GC at OLX Group.

Practice head(s):

Timur Sukirno

Other key lawyers:

Alvira M Wahjosoedibjo

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Fr

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills represents international and domestic clients in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Narendra Adiyasa leads the team and is particularly active in the energy, infrastructure, banking, TMT and consumer sectors.

Practice head(s):

Narendra Adiyasa 


‘Responsive, prompt and proficient in English.’

‘Narendra Adiyasa and Ardyan Winanshah Pulungan are responsive and give practical advice.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs LLC

Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Nusa Halmahera Minerals in a defamation claim over a suspension letter issued by its operational director to an employee alleged to have committed fraud.

Makarim & Taira S.

Makarim & Taira S. is highly experienced in contentious employment issues, particularly in cases involving mass terminations. Lia Alizia leads the team and is skilled in handling terminations, redundancies and immigration issues. Also recommended are Rahayu Hoed, who advises on terminations, and Alexandra FM Gerungan, who is experienced in terminations and health and safety-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Lia Alizia 

Other key lawyers:

Rahayu Hoed; Alexandra FM Gerungan


‘Makarim & Taira S compromises of individuals who have a strong and deep knowledge of their own field and support one another.’

‘They respond swiftly to emails and urgent requests.’

Key clients

Kerry Ingredients Indonesia

Save the Children


Hilton Hotels

NTT Data

Cushman & Wakefield

UBMG Limited

Lixil Group Corporation

Symantec Corporation

Aetna International

Asian Paints


Fred Hollows Foundation

Médecins Sans Frontières

New Balance

Work highlights

  • Represented Oceaneering International in a manpower dispute at the Tanjung Pinang Industrial Relations Court as the defendant.
  • Advised Flexicon Singapore on its proposed hiring from Indonesia

Soemadipradja & Taher

Soemadipradja & Taher represents a number of multinational companies in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Founding partner Rahmat Soemadipradja co-heads the team and has a longstanding reputation in the mining industry. Also leading the team is Retno Muljosantoso, who advises on mass terminations, pensions, immigrant workers and the employment aspects of M&A.

Practice head(s):

Rahmat Soemadipradja; Retno Muljosantoso

Work highlights

  • Advised Great Eastern on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a 95% stake in PT QBE General Insurance Indonesia.
  • Acted as Indonesian counsel to PT Merck Tbk on the transfer of employees as a result of the worldwide sale of a Merck division.
  • Advised Kalbe Morinaga Indonesia on its expatriate employees.
  • Assisted oil and gas company Neptune with the potential replacement of the head of its representative office in Indonesia.
  • Assisted seaport operator IPC on amending and preparing revised collective labour agreements and internal regulations.

Sudjono & Rekan Law Offices

Sudjono & Rekan Law Offices is highly experienced in employment and industrial relations, with particular expertise in handling mass terminations and fraud. Hernoko Wibowo leads the team and is particularly strong in the manufacturing industry.

Practice head(s):

Hernoko Wibowo

Key clients

Pt. Toyota Astra-Motor

Anugrah Pharmindo Lestari

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive

G4s Security Services

Adi Sarana Armada

Dannemann Ag/Burger Söhne Holdings

Hero Makmur Primatama

Dsv Transport Indonesia

G4s Cash Services

Honda Prospect Motor

Doc Doc

Orix Indonesia Finance

Axerna Renewable Energy

Prime Consultancy

Pembangunan Jaya Ancol

Cnooc Ses

Zurich Insurance Indonesia

Sharp Electronics Indonesia

Dhl Logistics

Indoporlen Refractories

Riamas Housing And Property

Work highlights

  • Advised Toyota-Astra Motor on its agreements with its outsourcing company
  • Advised Riamas Housing and Property on a mass termination of employees. (AM CHECK – client name?)
  • Advised Anugerah Pharmindo Lestari on a fraud case committed by one of the client’s employees.
  • Representing DSV Transport Indonesia in relation to inspections by the Ministry of Manpower.
  • Assisted Hero Makmur Primatama with the mass termination of employees.

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is highly experienced in employment litigation and ADR, with particular expertise in internal fraud and embezzlement cases. Ahmad Maulana leads the team and is an expert in manpower law, particularly in relation to mediation and arbitration cases.

Practice head(s):

Ahmad Maulana 

Key clients

British Standard Institution

CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia

Harpindo Mitra Kharisma

Imerys Asia Pacific

Indo Premier Sekuritas

Asian Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the British Standards Institution in a dispute between its Indonesian subsidiary (BSI Indonesia) with the labour union of BSI Indonesia.
  • Assisted CGS-CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia with an internal investigation in relation to a suspicion of employees’ manipulation of CGS-CIMB’s trading system.
  • Assisted CGS-CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia with structuring its employee benefits package and advised on minimum wage obligations in Indonesia.
  • Advised Imerys Asia Pacific on a broad scope of employment-related queries.
  • Advised Indo Premier Sekuritas on its internal employment-related documents, including company rules and regulations, the employee handbook and the employment agreement template.

Budidjaja International Lawyers

Budidjaja International Lawyers advises international and domestic clients on employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, regulations and terminations. Juni Dani leads the practice and is highly experienced in employment matters and industrial relations.

Practice head(s):

Juni Dani

SSEK Legal Consultants

SSEK Legal Consultants is highly skilled in advising on employment contracts, labour agreements and the employment aspects of M&A. Rusmaini Lenggogeni co-heads the practice and focuses on general advisory services as well as employment transfers and terminations. Also leading the team is Fahrul Yusuf, who is an expert in handling the employment aspects of M&A.

Practice head(s):

Rusmaini Lenggogeni; Fahrul Yusuf

Key clients


Universal Music Group


Levi Strauss


Fox International Channels

Procter & Gamble


Ford Motor Company


Work highlights

  • Acted as Indonesian counsel for Grab on the acquisition of Uber’s business and assets in Indonesia, which included employee transfers and terminations.
  • Advised Rentokil Initial 1927 plc on the acquisition of PT Pink Services Indonesia, including employment issues related to the acquisition.
  • Representing Kohler Group and its subsidiaries in all their corporate, commercial, regulatory and employment law affairs in Indonesia.
  • Advised online grocery and food delivery service Honestbee on employment law issues in Indonesia.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to global media company Bloomberg.

Widyawan & Partners

Widyawan & Partners is very strong in employment advisory work and represents a number of international clients within this field. Yolanda Hutapea heads the team and is especially active in sectors such as financial services, TMT, retail and energy.

Practice head(s):

Yolanda Hutapea

Key clients

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Insurance Group of Australia


Work highlights

  • Assisting Unilever Indonesia with employment matters in respect of the transfer of its spreads business in Indonesia.
  • Assisting Commonwealth Bank of Australia with employment matters, particularly in relation to employees’ right arising from the change of control in PT Commonwealth Life following its acquisition by FWD Group.
  • Assisting RGE with reviewing a template employment agreement which will apply to all its subsidiaries, subject to local law requirements.