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

BADARIAH SHAHRUDIN v. MUDRA RESOURCES SDN BHD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, JOHOR
AMRIK SINGH
AWARD NO. 658 OF 2022 [CASE NO: 16/4-2720/20]
12 APRIL 2022


AJIS DELI v. SHELL MDS (MALAYSIA) SDN BHD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
ESWARY MAREE
AWARD NO. 732 OF 2022 [CASE NO: 8/4-2527/21]
21 APRIL 2022

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Article Highlight

WORKERS IN PHILIPPINES MOST STRESSED IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA, SAYS GLOBAL POLL
ASIA
Employment

Workers in Philippines most stressed in South-East Asia, says global poll
Employees worldwide spend 81,396 hours of their lives at work, but those in the Philippines had been found to have the highest stress levels in South-East Asia in 2021. While workers everywhere, polled by analytics firm Gallup, said life at work is “not well,” those in the Philippines are among the most stressed out in the world. This was revealed by Gallup in its “State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report,” which reached the conclusion that “stress among the world’s workers reached an all-time high—again.” It found that in 2021, 44 per cent of employees worldwide experienced “a lot of stress the previous day,” higher than 43 per cent in 2020, 38 percent in 2019, 37 per cent in 2018, and 29 per cent in 2017.

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AUSTRALIA’S MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS TO GET $40 A WEEK PAY RISE, FAIR WORK COMMISSION RULES

AUSTRALIA
Employment

Australia’s minimum wage earners to get $40 a week pay rise
Minimum wages will increase by at least $40 a week, with the hourly pay rate lifting from $20.33 to $21.38, the Fair Work Commission has ruled. The commission handed down its decision in the annual wage review on Wednesday, granting a 5.2% increase to the national minimum wage and 4.6% for award minimums, amid a tight labour market and skyrocketing inflation. The decision sets the pay of at least 2.7 million Australians on the national minimum or awards and will come into effect from 1 July. But the commission ruled the increase will be delayed to 1 October in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors because of “exceptional circumstances”, including their slower recovery from the Covid recession.

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Global Media Reports

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
...

Australian fruit farmers face harvest headache
Malay Mail | Sunday, November 21, 2021
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