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

TAN CHEANG HIN v. PRESTIGE SCUBA SDN BHD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
PARAMALINGAM J DORAISAMY
AWARD NO. 1070 OF 2022 [CASE NO: 22/4-2757/20]
8 JUNE 2022


LIM WIN KHANG v. MALAYSIA AIRLINES BERHAD
INDUSTRIAL COURT, KUALA LUMPUR
AUGUSTINE ANTHONY
AWARD NO. 1131 OF 2022 [CASE NO: 4(19)/4-1031/20]
14 JUNE 2022

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Article Highlight

AUSTRALIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES TO 3.5 PER CENT
AUSTRALIA
Employment
Unemployment rate rises to 3.5 per cent for August
Australia's unemployment rate has risen for the first time in 10 months to 3.5 per cent in August, up from 3.4 percent the month before. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that in August 2022, an estimated 33,500 jobs were added to the economy. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 per cent because of an increase in the number of people looking for work. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 per cent because of an increase in the number of people looking for work. Source: ABS (Labour Force, Australia) Lauren Ford, head of labour statistics at the ABS, said the figures reflected changing patterns in employment and working hours seen during the pandemic.

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UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS AGREE 40,000 MORE MIGRANTS A YEAR NEEDED TO FILL AUSTRALIA’S SKILLS SHORTAGE

AUSTRALIA
Employment

Unions and employers agree 40,000 more migrants a year needed to fill Australia’s skills shortage
Unions and employers have agreed Australia should lift its migration intake by 40,000 annually to help fill skills shortages and demanded a boost to apprentice subsidies. The consensus suggests the Albanese government could secure broad support for some policy reform at its jobs and skills summit in September, although the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Acci) will use a major speech on Wednesday to reject more ambitious union requests. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has called for price controls on electricity and a windfall profits tax, which Acci’s chief executive, Andrew McKellar, will reject as “throwbacks to a forgotten and bygone era” at the National Press Club.

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Global Media Reports

MALAYSIA

Sabah-based company introduces menstrual leave
NST | Wednesday, September 7, 2022
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Temporary freeze on hiring foreign workers lifted from Aug 19
The Star | Tuesday, August 16, 2022
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ASEAN

Huge pay bumps and flexible work policies: How Singapore companies are fighting the war for talent
cnbc.com | Monday, June 6, 2022
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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...

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