Raslan Loong, Shen & Eow (Malaysia): MCO and Human Resource FAQ Explained

FIRST PUBLISHED ON: 04.07.2020 – In an attempt to address concerns of employees and employers alike, in the wake of Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (“MCO”) first announced on 18 March 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources published a series of FAQ that addressed some common concerns. Most of these related to the rights of employees if their employers unilaterally reduced their salaries or forced them to go on unpaid leave during the MCO period. Most of the responses in the FAQs were generally accepted as a reflection of the legal position whereby no employee could be made to accept a unilateral variation of their terms of employment. Consequently it is only trite to say that any attempt to reduce the salary of an employee or force him to take leave (of any nature), unless expressly provided or agreed, would be considered unlawful. MORE.

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