Labour and employment in Indonesia

ABNR Counsellors at Law

ABNR Counsellors at LawComparative Guides promotional icon advises on all aspects of employment law and regularly advises clients on employment contracts, employment of expatriates, termination policies, employee benefits and entitlement, regulatory and compliance issues. Nafis Adwani co-heads the labour and employment practice and has a wide range of industry expertise that covers the life sciences, manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture and automotive industries. Co-head Indra Setiawan has a similar practice and also advises on issues arising from trade unions and industrial strikes.

Practice head(s):

Nafis Adwani; Indra Setiawan


‘ABNR’s legal service is always prompt and precise. We consider ABNR’s team members are supportive to each request we have made. Compared to other law firms we had worked with, their legal advice is complete and thoughtful.’

‘According to our experience, their work is cost-efficient. Very meticulous and the advice provided is comprehensive including the process and challenges in implementing the project.’

‘Efficient and fast replies. Pak Ayik and Pak Indra revert to our queries and concerns in the shortest time even during odd hours.’

Key clients



Merck & Co Inc.,

ByteDance (and its subsidiary TikTok),





Daimler AG



TEVA Pharmaceuticals

KMK Global Sports

Work highlights

    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners handles the full range of employment law including contracts, outsourcing, redundancy issues, employee entitlements, labour unions and employment of foreign workers. Ahmad Maulana has extensive litigation experience and has expertise in handling labour union disputes, termination of employment contracts and immigration issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Ahmad Maulana


    The firm has a very good experience in handling the labour & employment issues. The approach and solutions they provided are great since they could also understand our situation and how sensitive the issues are, considering that we are a state owned and public listed company.’


    Key clients

    PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero)

    PT General Motors Indonesia

    PT BMW Indonesia

    PT Vale Indonesia Tbk.

    Asian Development Bank

    AICE Group

    British Standards Institution

    Imerys Asia Pacific Group

    PT Indo Premier Sekuritas

    PT CGS-CIMB Sekuritas

    PT Lintec Indonesia

    PT APL Logistics

    PT Space Data Centre

    Veritas Technologies (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

    Tyco Electronics Pte. Ltd

    PT Clariant Indonesia Yes

    PT Clariant Plastics and Coatings Indonesia

    Work highlights

    • Represented PT Clariant Plastics and Coatings Indonesia in negotiations with the labour union involving a dispute over the implementation of a transfer of employment.
    • Advised Veritas Technologies (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. on the preparation of the termination documents and calculation of termination payment for a senior manager due to non-performance.
    • Assisted PT Space Data Centre with terminating seven non-performing employees.

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

    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie has a full service employment practice which is led by firm chairman Timur Sukirno. The non-contentious aspect of the practice covers a broad range of work, such as employment-related issues arising from restructurings and M&A transactions. The contentious offering frequently handles complex employee terminations for international clients. Alvira Wahjosoedibjo handles all aspects of employment law and has expertise advising clients in the technology, internet and social media, life sciences and financial services sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Timur Sukirno

    Other key lawyers:

    Andi Kadir; Alvira Wahjosoedibjo

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Fr

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in association with Herbert Smith Freehills is praised by clients for its 'practical solutions' to a wide range of employment matters, from preparing employment contracts and employee termination disputes, to internal investigations and anti-corruption training. Narendra Adiyasa heads the employment practice and has a strong litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice. Key sectors of expertise for Narendra include energy, mining, infrastructure, banking, technology and consumer goods sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Narendra Adiyasa; Santi Darmawan


    ‘Not all international law firms understand the dynamic and complexity of Indonesian labour law. HBT is able to provide practical solutions to complex employment issues while ensuring compliance with the applicable laws.’

    Key clients

    Morgan Stanley

    Bridgestone Sumatra Rubber Estate, PT

    New Zealand Embassy

    Hutchison Ports Indonesia, PT



    Work highlights

    • Advised Willis Towers Watson on employment issues in relation to the restructuring of its Indonesian business.
    • Assisting McConnell Dowell on various employment issues relating to labour reforms under Indonesia’s 2020 Omnibus Law.
    • Assisting Google with various employment law issues to ensure compliance with labour reforms under Indonesia’s Omnibus Law.

    Makarim & Taira S.

    Makarim & Taira S. has an active employment practice with particular expertise advising clients in the financial services and oil and gas sectors. Key areas of work for the practice include employment-related issues arising from restructuring and insolvency work, as well as employee and trade union strikes. Managing partner Lia Alizia has a broad employment advisory practice that covers anti-bribery, anti-corruption and litigation issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Lia Alizia


    Lia is available at anytime, is very responsive and provides practical solutions.’

    Soemadipradja & Taher

    Soemadipradja & Taher has a broad contentious and non-contentious employment practice with particular experience advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Another key area of focus is advising foreign entities in Indonesia on maters involving the employment of expatriates and the termination of employees. The contentious work for the practice frequently involve wrongful dismissals, disciplinary proceedings and breach of fiduciary duties. Corporate and M&A veteran Retno Muljosantoso heads the practice. Foreign counsel Robert Reid is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Retno Muljosantoso

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Reid


    ‘Their ability to provide crisp, correct and to the point advice.’

    ‘Nira and Winotia Robert Reid are able to quickly identify and assess the key issues and describe relevant options in a manner that provides comfort when navigating in foreign jurisdictions.’

    Key clients

    PT Welltec Oilfield Services Indonesia

    Willis Towers Watson

    Legget & Platt

    Microsoft Inc.

    DAZN Media Services Ltd.

    Arrow Electronics (S) Pte. Ltd.

    PT Courts Retail Indonesia

    Macquarie Group

    The Carlyle Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised PT Welltec Oilfield Services Indonesia on dealing with a former employee who presented certain demands in return for confidential data.
    • Advised DAZN Media Services Ltd. on the employment aspects of a multi-jurisdictional reorganisation.
    • Assisted Arrow Electronics (S) Pte. Ltd. with preparing various employment related policies for use in Indonesian territory.

    Sudjono & Rekan Law Offices

    Sudjono & Rekan Law Offices is a boutique law firm with significant experience representing clients in contentious employment-related cases. The practice advises a broad range of clients in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, transportation and tourism sectors. Managing partner Hernoko Wibowo heads the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Hernoko Wibowo


    ‘They are professional, commit to their work and are very helpful to their clients.’

    ‘Hernowo Wibowo is a hard worker and will assist you until you reach your goals.’

    Key clients

    PT. Toyota Astra-Motor

    Viega Holdings GmbH & Co. Kg

    PT. Anugrah Pharmindo Lestari

    PT. Mitsubishi Electric Automotive Indonesia

    PT. G4s Security Services

    PT. Adi Sarana Armada TBK

    PT. Batuta Chemical Industrial Park

    PT. Hero Makmur Primatama

    PT. DSY Transport Indonesia

    PT. G4s Cash Services

    PT. Honda Prospect Motor

    Tech Mahindra LTD


    PT. G4s Cash Systems

    PT. Sharp Electronics Indonesia

    DHL Logistics (PT. Birotika Semesta)

    PT. Indoporlen Refractories

    PT. Riamas Housing and Property


    Work highlights

    • Advising PT. Toyota Astra-Motor on general employment advisory matters including labour supply agreements, leasing agreements and catering for employees.
    • Advised Viega Holding GmbH & Co. KG for Viega South East Asia Pte Ltd in Singapore for termination of the employees office in Indonesia.
    • Advised PT. Mitsubishi Electric Automotive Indonesia on employee strikes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Budidjaja International Lawyers

    Budidjaja International Lawyers has a broad employment and industrial relations practice that covers health and safety in the workplace, employment contracts, termination of employees and employee strikes. Practice head Tony Budidjaja has a strong background in dispute resolution and is a registered mediator and arbitrator. The team also includes managing associate Rizqi Bangun Lestari.

    Practice head(s):

    Tony Budidjaja

    Other key lawyers:

    Rizqi Bangun Lestari

    Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners

    Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners advises on all employment aspects that arise from mergers, including workforce redundancies, union strikes, HR policies and internal investigations. Practice head Chalid Heyder specialises in crisis management, with an emphasis on white collar criminal investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Teguh Darmawan handles the contentious side and Karina Antonio leads the non-contentious offering.

    Practice head(s):

    Chalid Heyder

    Other key lawyers:

    Teguh Darmawan; Karina Antonio


    The team led by Ms. Antonio Karina deep dived into the core of the problem and evaluated it from all angles. Both Pak Teguh and Ibu Karina were very supportive and even took calls after work hours. My endorsement to both of them.’

    SSEK Legal Consultants

    SSEK Legal Consultants has a broad employment advisory practice, as well as an experienced employment litigation offering that has particular expertise in handling disputes arising from employment terminations. Fahrul Yusuf heads the practice and specialises in advising clients on employment-related aspects of M&A transactions. Senior associate Dicky Tanjung has 'great experience' and frequently handles employment terminations.

    Practice head(s):

    Fahrul Yusuf; Rusmaini Lenggogeni; Syahdan Z. Aziz

    Other key lawyers:

    Dicky Tanjung


    The SSEK team have been working in this space for some time and their experience shows. ’

    ‘Dicky Tanjung has great experience.’

    Key clients

    PepsiCo, Inc.



    General Motors

    Nissan Motor Co.

    Kohler Group


    Levi Strauss

    Grab Inc.

    Procter & Gamble

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented a consumer goods company in a dispute with an employee terminated for performance issues.
    • Advised Kohler Group, a multinational manufacturer, and its subsidiaries with all their employment law, corporate, commercial and regulatory affairs in Indonesia.
    • Assisted PT Yamaha Motor Parts Manufacturing Indonesia and PT Toyobesq Precision Parts Indonesia with their merger in Indonesia including leading employment-related discussions to achieve a smooth transaction and avoid any possible work stoppages.

    Widyawan & Partners

    Widyawan & Partners' employment practice supports the firm's corporate offering and advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, such as advising clients on the employment law aspects of share sales or business acquisitions. Yolanda Hutapea heads the practice and has extensive experience advising clients in the banking, retail, telecoms, downstream oil and gas, energy and media sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Yolanda Hutapea

    Key clients

    Ninja Van

    ByteDance/ Tik Tok




    Work highlights

    • Advising ByteDance on various Indonesian employment related matters in relation to its Indonesian subsidiary which include contentious and non-contentious matters.
    • Advising Ninja Logistics Pte. Ltd. on Indonesian employment related matters in relation to internal restructuring of its Indonesian subsidiary.