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Employers could face criminal penalties for contacting employees out of hours after right-to-disconnect laws pass
| Friday, February 9, 2024
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Investors cannot wait for M’sia to produce enough skilled labour
| Sunday, February 4, 2024
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Malaysia's plan to scrap pensions sparks backlash, calls to raise salaries of civil servants
| Tuesday, February 13, 2024
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Special officer files claim for RM4,500 in unpaid salary against Kangar MP
| Thursday, December 7, 2023
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Turning a blind eye to atrocities towards migrant workers
| Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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Sivakumar: Employers not allowed to pay salaries in cash without approval
| Thursday, November 16, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: The payment of wages in cash is prohibited unless approved by both the employee and the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia director-general to avoid manipulation. Human Resources Minister V.Sivakumar said employers who do not...

Ministry must improve livelihood of govt healthcare workers or risk losing them
| Sunday, November 5, 2023
MALAYSIAEmployment Ministry must improve livelihood of govt healthcare workers or risk losing them https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2023/11/975106/ministry-must-improve-livelihood-govt-healthcare-workers-or-risk-losing ...

Singapore retrenchments rise in Q3, unemployment on a 'slow uptrend'
| Thursday, October 26, 2023
SINGAPORE: Retrenchments in Singapore rose in the third quarter of 2023 after declining in the previous quarter, though the labour market expanded despite the weaker economic outlook. According to advance labour market estimates released...

Govt may allow refugees to be hired for low-skilled jobs
| Tuesday, October 31, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: A plan to allow hiring refugees for low-skilled jobs is being looked into by the government, says Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali. The Minister ...

Sarawak to create 1.5 mln jobs by 2030, Uggah tells students to prepare themselves
theborneopost | Saturday, September 2, 2023
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Cafe that hires 11-year-olds sparks criticism amid push for minimum age for Australian workers
| Sunday, April 9, 2023
A regional cafe which employs children as young as 11 to make jams and relishes has been criticised amid a push for a national minimum age for child workers, but others have defended the cafe against social media uproar.The federal go...

Almost 13,000 contract doctors to be given permanent positions within three years, says PM
The Star | Tuesday, April 4, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 12,800 contract doctors are expected to be absorbed into permanent positions within the next three years, says the Prime Minister. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Tambun) said that the government through the Budget 2023 h...

South Korean company workers who staged protest in KK receive delayed pay
The Star | Tuesday, April 18, 2023
KOTA KINABALU: About 600 construction workers who staged a protest against a South Korean company have received their pay, says Sabah Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Phoong Jin Zhe. He said Shinsung E&G and the investo...

Thai jobless rate lowest in 3 years in Q1 as tourism rebounds
CNA | Monday, May 22, 2023
BANGKOK: Thailand's unemployment rate hit a three-year low in the first quarter, the state planning agency said on Monday (May 22), declining to 1.05 per cent from 1.15 per cent in the last three months of 2022 as ...

Mining giant BHP admits underpaying almost 30,000 Australian workers
| Thursday, June 1, 2023
Mining giant BHP has admitted it has underpaid almost 30,000 workers, dating back to 2010, and it will cost more than $400 million to make amends. In a statement to the ASX, BHP said a review suggested rostered employees in Australia ...

EPF members in 40-54 age range at 4.81mil in 2022
NST | Thursday, March 9, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) says there are 4.81 million members in the 40-54 age range as at end December last year. Of this, 2.17 million were active members and 2.64 million inactive members, the EPF said in a statement to...

Govt confident of reducing cost of hiring Indonesian maids
FMT | Sunday, March 12, 2023
PETALING JAYA: The human resources ministry is confident that the cost of hiring Indonesian domestic workers can be reduced, after several negotiations conducted this month. Minister V Sivakumar said several meetings had been held between repr...

More than one-third of teachers' quarters nationwide still vacant, Dewan Rakyat told
NST | Wednesday, March 15, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 18,740 out of 47,947 units of teachers' quarters developed by the Education Ministry remain unoccupied, the Dewan Rakyat was told. D...

Prompt action to bring in foreign workers easing bottlenecks faced by businesses, says Malaysian Employers Federation
The Edge | Saturday, December 10, 2022
KUALAL LUMPUR (Dec 10): The prompt action to bring 373,459 foreign workers into the country via visa by reference based on employers’ applications from January to Dec 4, 2022 has eased the bottlenecks faced by businesses in the...

P-hailing drivers, riders will be required to contribute to Socso, Dewan Rakyat told
Malay Mail | Thursday, October 6, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — All p-hailing drivers and riders will be required to contribute to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme (SKSPS) under the Social Security Organisation (Socso), the Dewan Rakyat was told today.Transport Minister Datu...

Policeman, wife charged in Klang with trafficking Indonesian woman for exploitation as forced labour
Malay Mail | Thursday, September 8, 2022
KLANG, Sept 8 — A police officer and his wife pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to trafficking an Indonesian woman for exploitation as forced labour.S. Vijiyan Rao, 38, and K. Rineshini Naidu, 35, a businesswoman, were jointl...

HR minister: Govt agrees to recruitment of 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka
Malay Mail | Wednesday, September 21, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 ? The Cabinet has agreed to the recruitment of 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka after taking into account the state of the country which is hit by the current economic crisis, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Sara...

Amendments to Trade Unions Act to create mature, progressive trade unions, says minister
Malay Mail | Tuesday, October 4, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — The Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill 2022, among other things, aims to create a legal framework to support the establishment and administration of trade unions in a mature, progressive and relevant manner, was tabled for the...

HR minister: Foreign worker recruitment interview can be held at state Labour Dept
Malay Mail | Wednesday, October 5, 2022
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 5 — Interview sessions for the recruitment of foreign workers by the Human Resource Ministry (KSM) can be held at the Department of Labour (JTK) in each state and not just in Putrajaya, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M...

HR minister: Higher payments for recipients of Socso benefits from Jan 1, 2023
Malay Mail | Thursday, October 6, 2022
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 6 — The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will implement adjustments in cost of living for existing recipients of scheduled benefits and an increase in the minimum pension rate under its Invalidity Scheme effective January 1,...

Govt agrees to recruit 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka
The Star | Wednesday, September 21, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has agreed to recruit 10,000 workers from Sri Lanka after taking into account the state of the country which has been hit by an economic crisis, says Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. In a statement on Wednesday (Sept 21), the...

Sabah-based company introduces menstrual leave
NST | Wednesday, September 7, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: A sustainable furniture-making company in Sabah, 'Brutti & Besi' has introduced paid menstrual leave for its employees. Women employees at Brutti & Besi are entitled to take a day off for period pain every month with no questio...

Temporary freeze on hiring foreign workers lifted from Aug 19
The Star | Tuesday, August 16, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: The temporary freeze on applications to hire foreign workers will be lifted starting this Friday (Aug 19), says Human Resources Minister D...

Govt opens up more sectors for foreign workers from India
The Star | Friday, July 22, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has agreed to open up more sectors for foreign workers from India, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. “Recently, the Home Affairs Ministry and Human Resources Ministry joint committee have approved ot...

HR Ministry encourages GLCs, private firms to introduce menstrual leave policy
NST | Monday, May 2, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: Government-linked companies (GLCs) and private firms in Malaysia are encouraged to implement menstrual leave policy on their own without waiting for the government to legislate it, said the Human Resources Ministry. The...

Malaysia’s unemployment levels rose by 83% in 2020, Asean stats show
FMT | Thursday, June 2, 2022
PETALING JAYA: Unemployment levels in the country rose by 83% in 2020 compared to 2011, with the largest uptick recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the 2021 Asean statistical yearbook showed. According to the ninth edition of the year...

From baristas to inspectors: Singapore's robot workforce plugs labour gaps
The Star | Saturday, May 28, 2022
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - After struggling to find staff during the pandemic, businesses in Singapore have increasingly turned to deploying robots to help carry out a range of tasks, from surveying construction sites to scanning library bookshe...

Singapore firms charged over exporting drinks to North Korea
The Sun | Thursday, May 26, 2022
SINGAPORE: Two Singaporean companies have been charged with exporting whisky, wine and other drinks to North Korea, the latest case of firms in the city-state allegedly trading illegally with the regime. Pyongyang has been hit with a...

5G network expected to create employment boost in Malaysia
hrmasia.com | Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Prof Hafizal Mohamad, Department Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, said the country could see more new jobs with the advancement of the network, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) and a...

Stats Dept: Malaysia’s labour market momentum escalated in Q1 2022
Malay Mail | Friday, May 20, 2022
PUTRAJAYA, May 20 — Malaysia’s labour market momentum escalated in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022) as both demand and supply ascended further, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).Commenting on the release of the Lab...

‘Socso coverage to go up in June’
| Tuesday, May 24, 2022
PETALING JAYA: The take-up rate by employers towards social protection coverage for their domestic helpers can be improved with greater awareness, says ...

Human resources minister says 475,678 applications to hire foreign workers received as of April 1
Malay Mail | Tuesday, April 5, 2022
PUTRAJAYA, April 4 — A total of 475,678 applications for recruitment of foreign workers have been received as of April 1, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. He said of the total, 290,248 applications were for workers in t...

Mixed views on minimum wage increment quantum
The Edge | Tuesday, March 22, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): Economists are divided over the quantum of the minimum wage hike at a time when businesses are still grappling with the impact from Covid-19, which has been raging for two years. Last Saturday, Prime Minister D...

Approved: Amendments to Employment Act covering paternity leave, flexible working arrangements
NST | Monday, March 21, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat today approved the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021, aimed at enhancing protection for workers against discrimination and further safeguarding their well-being. In tabling the bill for its second reading,...

MEF: RM1,500 new minimum wage would derail economic recovery
Malay Mail | Sunday, February 6, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) reiterated that now is not the right time to increase the cost of doing business and the proposed RM1,500 new minimum wage implementation would derail economic recove...

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The Edge | Thursday, January 20, 2022
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No more special quota for foreign worker recruitment, says Home Minister
Malay Mail | Saturday, January 22, 2022
LARUT, Jan 22 — No more special quotas will be given for recruitment of foreign workers in the country, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.He said every application from employers must now go through the ministry’s evaluation committee to ...

Job seekers in Sabah advised not to be choosy, says state minister
Malay Mail | Sunday, January 23, 2022
SANDAKAN, Jan 23 — Job seekers in Sabah need to be more open minded and seize opportunities to gain knowledge and experience by accepting non-choice jobs, said Sabah Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Yakub Khan.He said this is due to ...

Minister: Training and guidance of TVET students from industrial players will lead to startups in Malaysia
Malay Mail | Sunday, January 23, 2022
JOHOR BARU, Jan 23 — The role played by industrial players in the training of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students needs to be strengthened so as to help them meet job market demands and pave the way for the creation of sta...

WOW: empowering women through entrepreneurship
FMT | Wednesday, December 1, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” This is the guiding principle of Women of Will (WOW), a non-governmental organisation that aims to empower disadvantaged women. It provides...

'Hybrid working model is the best, safest'
NST | Thursday, December 2, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite increasing calls from employees to resume working from the office, employers and public health experts believe for now a hybrid model is the safest working arrangement. Maukerja chief executive officer Ray Teng s...

Finance minister: Malaysia’s employment, social security systems need holistic reform
Malay Mail | Wednesday, November 24, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — It is critical that Malaysia’s employment and social security systems undergo a holistic reform to ensure adequate social security and decent work, particularly for the country’s youths, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku...

Finance minister: Wage subsidies totalling RM19.21b disbursed as of Oct 29
Malay Mail | Wednesday, November 17, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — The government has channelled RM19.209 billion to 356,193 employers under its Wage Subsidy Programme (PSU) as of October 29 to ensure the continued employment of 2.94 million local workers. Finance Minister Datuk Ser...

Civil servants will not be forgotten in Budget 2022, says PM Ismail Sabri
Malay Mail | Wednesday, October 27, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 ? The welfare and wellbeing of civil servants have always been given attention and will not be forgotten in Budget 2022 which will be tabled at Dewan Rakyat by Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz this Frida...

Employers may soon be compelled to make Socso contributions for security guards
| Friday, October 15, 2021
KLANG: The Human Resources Ministry will discuss with the Home Ministry to issue a new directive that requires employers to make Social Security Organisation (Socso) contributions for security guards. Human Resources Minister Datuk Se...