2 December 2020, Wednesday | 04:17am

‘Bosses cannot dock wages under new orders’


PETALING JAYA: Employers are not allowed to cut wages, force employees to use annual leave or take leave without pay after the government’s work-from-home directive, said Datuk Seri M. Saravanan (pic).

“This is in line with the instructions issued by the ministry during the movement control order (MCO), ” the Human Resources Minister said in a statement yesterday.

The government’s work from home directive, affecting around a million workers in the public and private sectors, is aimed at containing Covid-19 infections in areas placed under the conditional MCO.

Those working from home until the end of the conditional MCO is lifted in Selangor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan are mainly those employed in management and supervisory positions.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry said it would allow up to 10% of those in the management and supervisory level to work on-site under the directive.

They will also only be allowed at their workplaces for four hours from 10am-2pm for three days a week.

Public services director-general Tan Sri Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman said that a maximum of 30% staff was allowed to be physically present at all public sector offices.

Saravanan said employers could discuss with their staff to make decisions during this period for the mutual benefit of both parties.

“For further clarification, they can directly contact the Labour Department at 03-8886 2352,03-8886 2409 or 03-8888 9111.”

Source: The Star Online


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