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

KAVITHA CHAKRAVARTHY v. MALAYAN BANKING BERHAD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
AUGUSTINE ANTHONY
AWARD NO. 380 OF 2021 [CASE NO: 4/4-2000/19]
8 MARCH 2021


ABDUL QADIR OSMAN MOHD AROS v. INSTITUT DARUL RIDZUAN BERHAD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
REIHANA ABD RAZAK
AWARD NO. 450 OF 2021 [CASE NO: 6(15)(10)/4-1921/19]
15 MARCH 2021

Read More

Article Highlight

RECEPTIONIST EXCLUDED FROM PIZZA ORDER AT WORK WINS $32,000 IN COURT
UK
Employment
Former receptionist wins £23k payout
A receptionist who was not included in office pizza orders has gone on to win over £23,000 (around $32,000) in compensation after a tribunal described her experience as a "campaign of victimization." The ruling of the employment tribunal said Malgorzata Lewicka, who worked at the car dealership before being laid off in January 2019, had been deliberately excluded from "Pizza Fridays," as reported by local media on Friday. Managers at Hartwell, a Ford car dealership in Watford, U.K., would ask staff which takeaway food they would like to order every month, and this included pizza, or other fast food options.

Read More

PROTECT WORKERS WITH SAFE, HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT
MALAYSIA
Employment

With almost 151 million cases globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an immeasurable impact on our world, resulting in far-reaching health, social and economic consequences, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of people all over the world. Covid-19 has disclosed many vulnerabilities. It has had an especially profound impact on the world of work with high infection rates in some settings leading to closure of manufacturing industries, construction sites and entire service industries.Migrant workers, who make significant contributions to economies and many of whom are in the front lines, have been disproportionally affected by Covid-19.

Read More

Global Media Reports

MALAYSIA

700 IPs opened against 11,800 employers over Act 446 violations: Saravanan
thevibes.com | 10-May-2021
KUALA LUMPUR – More than 700 investigation papers have been opened against 11,813 employers over violations of the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housi...

PUNB offers financing scheme for retrenched individuals
The Sun | 07-May-2021
KUALA LUMPUR: Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd (PUNB) is offering financing between RM50,000 and RM100,000 via its Covid-19 Affected Entrepreneur Fina...

ASEAN

Overseas Volunteers Scramble To Help India Breathe
The Asean Post | 30-Apr-2021
Seema Devgan has all but abandoned her day job, as she and a loose collection of overseas volunteers scramble to locate desperately needed supplies fo...

In fiscal 2020 Japan saw biggest decline in job availability in 46 years
The Star | 30-Apr-2021
In fiscal 2020 Japan saw biggest decline in job availability in 46 years...

WORLD

Manager with cancer fired after steroids altered his behaviour awarded £2.5m for unfair dismissal
peoplemanagement.co.uk | 04-May-2021
A manager who was forced out of his job when steroid medication altered his mood has been awarded more than £2.5m at an employment tribunal. The t...

Lecturer’s dismissal for failing to complete PhD ‘unfair’, tribunal rules
personneltoday.com | 05-May-2021
university lecturer who lost his job because he was unable to complete a PhD as he had concerns for his mental health was unfairly dismissed, an empl...

See all previous Global Media Reports

New! LLB Bulletin #05/2021