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Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar (centre) speaking at the press conference on the Housewife Social Security Scheme, at the ministry complex in Putrajaya on December 12, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Employment Act 1955 (Amendment) 2022 comes into force on Jan 1, 2023

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 21 — The enforcement of the Employment Act 1955 (Amendment) 2022, which was previously postponed, will be implemented on Jan 1, 2023, said Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar.

Speaking at a press conference here today, he said although there were calls from industries to extend the postponement period, there was also a need to enforce amendments to the act.

“I think we should go on with this matter because this law was already passed in Parliament and most of the amendments are based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention,” said Sivakumar.

On August 26, then-Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan announced the postponement of the enforcement of amendments to the Employment Act 1955 to Jan uary 1, 2023, from its earlier scheduled date of September 1.

Apart from reducing working hours from 48 to 45 hours per week, the amended law will also increase maternity leave from 60 days to 98 days and paternity leave from three days to seven days.

Sivakumar said under the amendment to the Employment Act 1955, the employers must obtain approval from the director-general of the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) to hire foreign workers as stipulated under Section 60K (4).

Section 60K (4) will act as an effective initial screening in ensuring that employers employing foreign workers in Malaysia have a clean record in terms of compliance with labour standards.

Meanwhile, he said the Human Resources Ministry (KSM) will continue to work with the Home Affairs Ministry (KDN) to overcome the shortage of foreign workers issue as raised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the press conference after the Cabinet meeting earlier today.

“We view this matter seriously and will work with KDN to ensure that we have sufficient manpower in the near future,” Sivakumar said, adding that KSM has so far approved nearly 700,000 applications to bring in foreign workers to Malaysia.

Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had asked KDN and KSM to expedite approval to bring in foreign workers in three sectors, especially in the agriculture, service, and construction sectors.

In another development, the minister said the One Channel System (OCS), which is an integrated channel for Malaysia and Indonesia for the recruitment of foreign workers to the country, will be placed under the KSM.

“Whether the OCS is under KSM or KDN is not the issue, what is important is the end result and we have enough (foreign) workers,” he said.

— Bernama

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