Maimunah's Column

Maimunah Aminuddin is a retired Professor from the Faculty of Business Management, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM) with vast experience in the areas of management and human resources. She is a fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM) with expertise in the areas of employment, labour and industrial relations laws. She has authored numerous publications in the aforesaid areas, such as the Essentials of Employment and Industrial Relations (2009) and Termination of Employment - Understanding the Process, which was revised in 2012 and is in its 2nd Edition. Her latest book, the Employment Law Manual for Practitioners, was published in October 2013.

Queries and comments may be sent to the columnist at letters@mylawbox.com with the sender’s full name and e-mail address.

Guide to the Employment Act 1955

All employers who employ people to work in Peninsular Malaysia must comply with the Employment Act 1955. This key piece of labour legislation applies mostly to workers earning not more than RM2,000 per month, but also, since the 2012 amendments, includes sections which apply to all employees. The topics in the Guide are offered in alphabetical order and are written in a manner that they can be understood by readers without legal training. Each topic is divided into sub-headings in the form of questions. All sections of the Act are included but with particular emphasis on Absence from Work, Annual Leave, Coverage of Scope of the Act, Foreign Employees, the Labour Court, Maternity Leave, Sexual Harassment and Wages. The relevant section in the Act is listed and examples of court judgements are provided. The Guide also provides a brief overview of the Labour Ordinances of Sabah and Sarawak and the Employment (Part-time Employees) Regulations 2010.

Guide to the Industrial Relations System

The Industrial Relations Act 1967 and the Trade Unions Act 1959, together create the boundaries for the industrial relations system. Employers, employees and trade unions throughout Malaysia are required to comply with these two Acts. The Guide provides topics in alphabetical order which explain and illustrate by case examples the requirements of the two Acts. All sections of the Acts are included, with emphasis on Collective Bargaining, Collective Agreements, Functions of the Department of Industrial Relations, Functions of the Department of Trade Unions, Penalties, Pickets, Recognition of a Trade Union, Role of the Minister of Human Resources, Strikes, Trade Disputes and Trade Unions. Each topic is divided into sub-topics for easy reading.

Practical HR Management

Practical HR Management provides insight into topics such as hiring, firing, privacy, discrimination, sexual harassment and more. It features real scenarios and insightful commentary from leading industry experts and employment law practitioners. Discover techniques you can use to engage your employees in your workforce to drive results for both your organization and your employees. Find answers to your employee problems from practitioners who face the same labour and HR challenges you have every day.

Cases Highlight

TINUS WILTING v. ITASA ASIA SDN BHD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
SYED NOH SAID NAZIR
AWARD NO. 1215 OF 2021 [CASE NO: 21(6)/4-2264/19]
16 AUGUST 2021


ABDUL HALIM MOHD SALLEH v. CAGAMAS BERHAD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
PARAMALINGAM J DORAISAMY
AWARD NO. 1598 OF 2021 [CASE NO: 22(25)(13)/4-1702/18]
1 NOVEMBER 2021

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Article Highlight

EMPLOYMENT ACT TO BE AMENDED TO COVER E-HAILING DRIVERS

MALAYSIA
Employment

At present, e-hailing drivers are not covered under any labour laws such as the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265)
The government is amending the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) to update the definition of employees and employers so that e-hailing drivers will be recognised as workers, said deputy human resources minister Awang Hashim in the Dewan Rakyat today. Responding to a question from Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang) on steps that will be taken by the government to address the problem of lack of social security for e-hailing riders, Awang said that these employees were not covered under any labour laws such as the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265). “The ministry is in the process of amending the Act to better clarify the employee-employer relations in the gig industry.”

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WOW: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MALAYSIA
Employment

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”
This is the guiding principle of Women of Will (WOW), a non-governmental organisation that aims to empower disadvantaged women. It provides interest-free microcredit and conducts entrepreneurship programmes for women in B40 communities to enable them to start their own small businesses. “Our principle is to teach women how to fish, instead of giving them the fish. We want them to run their own businesses so they can support their families and not rely on handouts,” says WOW founder and president Goh Suet Lan.

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Global Media Reports

MALAYSIA

'Hybrid working model is the best, safest'
NST | Thursday, December 2, 2021
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WOW: empowering women through entrepreneurship
FMT | Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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ASEAN

Police, fair employment watchdog looking into allegations against NOC's Sylvia Chan
straitstimes.com | Friday, October 22, 2021
The police and the fair employment watchdog are looking into allegations made online against Night Owl Cinematics' (NOC) co-founder Sylvia Chan. Pa...

PSP's foreign talent policy proposals will hurt Singapore’s competitiveness, drive costs up, say SMEs, economists
Malay Mail | Monday, September 20, 2021
SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — The Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) proposals on foreign talent policy and ways to reduce competition for jobs will hurt the cou...

WORLD

Retired Hong Kong actor Frankie Ng in the news over low pay offered at his Shenzhen restaurant
Malay Mail | Monday, November 22, 2021
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Australian fruit farmers face harvest headache
Malay Mail | Sunday, November 21, 2021
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