Malaysian Employers Cautioned: Do Not Terminate Locals In Order To Hire Foreign Staff
New Straits Times (Online) : 23/11/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian employers have been warned against dismissing local employees in order to hire foreign workers.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib, addressing the Dewan Rakyat today, said Section 60 of the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) states that no employer can arbitrarily terminate the employment of local workers to employ foreign workers.
Employers who fail to comply with the law can be charged with the offence and if convicted, are liable to a fine of not more than RM10,000
Ismail said employees are also entitled to their rights when they are terminated by employers.
"Employees who are suddenly laid-off are entitled to a number of basic protections. Among others, employers shall give sufficient notice period or remuneration in accordance with the work contract, but not less than stipulated under Section 12 (2) of the Employment Act.
"Employers are also obliged to pay retrenchment benefits in accordance with the work service contracts, which must not be less than the rate prescribed in the Employment (Termination and Lay-Off Benefits) Regulations 1980," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Dr Mansor Abdul Rahman (BN-Sik).
At the same time, Ismail said retrenched workers could claim financial benefits by making their claims at any Labour Office branch.
He said Malaysia is still very much in need of foreign workers although they are only allowed to work in selected sectors.
These include manufacturing, plantation, agriculture, construction, mining and quarrying, and the services sector under certain sub-sectors such as spas, foot massage, resorts, hotels, garden assistants - animal parks, restaurants, cooking, washing and cleaning and cargo, ports and airports.
Reports by: FARHANA SYED NOKMAN, VEENA BABULAL and FERNANDO FONG
Socso to increase up to 10 percent in payment rates for pensioners or their dependents
New Straits Times Online: 09/11/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Over 300,000 Social Security Organisation (Socso) beneficiaries will receive an increase of up to 10 percent in payouts to help alleviate the rising cost of living.
Payment of arrears will be made from Dec 26 to former contributors who are getting payments from pension schemes under Socso or schemes for their dependents, from before 2015.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said the adjustment rate would be as high as 10.4 per cent and as low as 1.2 per cent for the 328,056 beneficiaries.
“The different rates are due to the various pension payment received, where one may have received a higher payout compared to another in an earlier year,” said Riot in a press conference here.
He said the adjustments were in line with the 10th Actuarial Studies report, and this would be the first adjustment rate made since 2012.
The increase includes those who receive payments from the dependents’ benefit, permanent disablement benefit, invalidity pension and survivors’ pension schemes.
Pensioners will receive a different rate per year; 2011 and before (10.4 per cent), 2011 (8.3 per cent), 2012 (6.6 per cent), 2013 (4.4 per cent) and before 2014 (1.2 per cent).
Under the new adjusted rates, a total of RM72.62 million has been allocated for the payment of arrears for this year. “On top of that, they will be spending RM238million to pay out the arrear payments next year.
“Socso has already spent RM2.9 billion allocated for pensions in 2016 and, more than RM3 billion this year,” he said.
“This shows that the government through its agencies are concern for the people and are always on the lookout to find ways to help people to reduce their burdens,” said Riot.
Socso which was established in 1971 has more than 6.8 million contributors and since its establishment, the contribution rate per person had always been consistent.
60,000 Husbands Nationwide Work As Home Makers
The Sun (Online):17/11/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: There are about 60,000 house-husbands in Malaysia, who are considered as "working" at home, according to deputy Human Resources minister Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib.
Stating this, Ismail hinted that they may have been forced by their wives into becoming house-husbands. He said these husbands are willing to do the cleaning, washing, cooking, and taking care of the children.
"But we are not sure whether they are doing this voluntarily or whether they have been forced by their wife. I don't know," he told the Dewan Rakyat today.
Ismail said based on the ministry's statistics there are 2.91 million domestic workers including housewives or home makers.
"From the total we have about 60,000 men who are home makers, compared to 2.4 million women who are home makers. So these are men who work at home.
"We are concerned about these husbands as well," he said.
Ismail said although the 2018 budget gives emphasis to women in the workforce, the government is also concerned about the rights of men in the workforce.
He said there are a total of 14.6 million employees in the country, with 9 million men and 5.6 million women.
"We are not abandoning the rights of men in the workforce. In fact the government announced five days of paternity leave for men in the public sector starting next year.
"But for the private sector, there are no specific provisions and the paternity benefit depends on the employment terms and contract or collective agreements," Ismail said.
He also urged workers unions and employers to discuss better maternity and paternity benefits in their collective agreements.
"We want unions and employers to work in a tripartite with the government to address issues affecting them for both men and women workers," he said.
Ismail was responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Abdullah Sani (PKR-Kuala Langat) who had asked about government's measures on the role of husbands who take care of their wives after childbirth, as well as the newborn child.
EIS to be implemented next year: Riot
Bernama Online (AM): 01/01/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning next year, the Employment Insurance System (EIS) will be implemented, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.
However, he said the first payment would only be made from Jan 1, 2019.
"As of now, the government has already contributed a total of about RM122 million for the EIS, just to make sure it takes off the ground," he told reporters at the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) annual Deepavali Open House celebration here today.
More than 500 guests, including 20 children from Pertubuhan Kebajikan Thangam Illam, celebrated the joyous event.
Also present were Riot's deputy, Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib and HRDF chief executive Datuk CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran.
Riot also clarified that the EIS would not overlap with the existing Employment Termination Layoff Benefit (ETLB) scheme, as claimed by certain parties.
"The current ETLB will continue to be implemented. This (EIS) is on top of the ETLB.
"This is the first time the EIS is being implemented while ETLB has been there for many, many years. Of course, we do not want the ETLB to stop there, it must continue because they (employees and employers) have already contributed," he said.
The EIS Bill 2017, which seeks to provide workers who lost their jobs with temporary financial assistance, was passed by the Dewan Rakyat, with several amendments after being debated by 14 members of parliament last week.
Riot, when tabling the Bill for a second reading recently, said the insurance system would see a 0.4% contribution from the insured pay, namely 0.2% each from employer and employee.
He said it was important to support workers who lost their jobs, especially during economic downturns or recessions.
For employers, Riot said the implementation of the insurance system would increase the productivity of the company through employees who had undergone skills and re-training programmes, as well as reduce the pressure on them, if there was a need to reduce costs, downsize operations or in case of bankruptcy. — Bernama