Employment (Amended) Act 2012

The Malaysian Employment Act 1955 had been amended via the Employment (Amended) Act 2012. The amended Act came into force on the 1st of April, 2012.

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The highlighted amendments made to the Act includes:

  • Changes to the mode of payment for employee salaries/wages;
  • Introduction of sexual harrassment at the workplace as a criminal offence;
  • Bolstering of maternity related entitlements;
  • Introduction of the term "Contractors For Labour";
  • Broadening of the scope of the Act to include employment of foreign domestic servants;
  • Increasing the wage threshold covered by the Act from RM1,500 to RM2,000;
  • Introduction of personal liability of directors or other officers for offences committed by a body corporate.
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