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New 45-hour work week not being followed by employers

MALAYSIA: Recent amendments to the Employment Act cut work hours to 45 from 48, however some companies are allegedly not following this new law.

According to Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general, Kamarul Baharin Mansor, MTUC has been receiving complaints from workers about this matter.

Kamarul said that employers might not have been prepared to follow the new regulation in hopes that its implementation would be postponed.

The MTUC urged the Human Resources ministry to conduct checks on companies to ensure that the 45-hour work week was being followed.

“The purpose of the 45-hour work week (as opposed to the 48-hour work week previously), is to create work-life balance for workers. Unfortunately, employers are using other means to force workers into staying at the company for 48 hours throughout the week,” Kamarul said.

The amendments to the Employment Act were originally slated for implementation on September 1, but were postponed to January 1, 2023.

It faced pushback from over the RM4,000 salary ceiling for overtime payment, the newly introduced 45-hour work week, the 98 days maternity leave, and the provisions for flexible work.

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