WFH: Manpower Dept seeking authority from NSC to act against errant employers


SERI KEMBANGAN (Bernama): A proposal to give the Manpower Department the authority to take action against employers who violate work from home (WFH) rules will be brought to the National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Friday (May 28).

Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said that currently, only the Health Ministry has the power to act against employers who violate standard operating procedures (SOP).

“We have received several complaints on private sector employers still forcing their employees to come into the office to work, but when such complaints are brought to us, we cannot take action.

“The proposal to have the Health Ministry delegate the power to the Manpower Dept has been approved at the technical committee level and will be brought to the NSC committee this evening (Friday).

“Once approved by the NSC, the department will immediately take action against employers who disregard SOP, ” he told reporters after leading a compliance check operation on the Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities Act 1990 and the movement control order (MCO) here on Friday.

Saravanan added that for breaching work safety rules, the fine imposed would be RM50,000 for companies and RM10,000 for individuals.

To limit movement during MCO 3.0, the government had decided that 80% of government staff and 40% of private sector employees will work from home.

With this directive, about eight million people from both private and public sectors will not have to come out to work during MCO 3.0.

On a related matter, Saravanan said his ministry would discuss the best approach to vaccinate workers, including foreign workers, in the manufacturing sector with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

This was because workplace clusters had led to a surge in Covid-19 transmission, he added.

“We are concerned by the huge number of undocumented workers and we call on employers or those with information to report to us immediately, so that action can be taken,” he said. – Bernama

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