We’ve all had our fair share of toxic workplace experiences, from micromanaging bosses to backstabbing colleagues.
Usually we only find out once we’ve signed the confirmation
letter, but one company in Klang made a pretty nasty impression with an online
job posting riddled with outrageous demands.
The company in Bandar Bukit Tinggi was extremely reluctant to give its employees off days – specifically stating “No off day to go help any friends or family member if they accident” and “No off day to attend funeral”!
Demanding for “Perfect Attitude”, the company also threatens
to blacklist employees on job sites using their IC number if they
deem the employee’s attendance as “no good”.
With over 3.1K retweets at the time of writing, Malaysians online were shocked and appalled at the ridiculous demands.
Slavery Sdn Bhd
— @humanmonopod (@humanmonopod) October 12, 2019
A company that owned by heartless employer who doesn’t has family members kot 😂
— ذوالحلمي (@zlhlmianr_) October 12, 2019
shit pay, no MC, no days off………. they sure do love modern slavery
— superjahat jerojero (@keurisoo) October 11, 2019
They should hire robot. Not a human
— noneofitmatter (@itseffinglily) October 12, 2019
Are they looking for a ‘robot’ person without feeling, soul and more specifically non-living thing?? Should get listed in Malaysia’s Job Site – Worst Employer for unreasonable and unethical company. Not a perfect workplace for human being.
— Tengku Diyana (@KuDhiaAnna) October 13, 2019
However, is the company allowed to do this?
As the salary range given is RM1,100 – RM1,300, the employee would be protected under the Employment Act 1955.
Here’s what the law says about the Klang company’s demands:
No Simply Off
Employees are entitled to certain amount of leave days per year BUT the employer has control when the leave can be used. Meaning, employers are free to reject leave applications.
No off day to attend funeral/help friends or family in
With emergency leave, the law recognises that an employee may not be able to work due to unforeseen circumstamces. So emergency leave can be taken with the following conditions:
- MUST have a reasonable excuse for absence
- MUST inform or attempted to inform employer at the earliest opportunity for such absence
There is no proper definition of reasonable excuse, but accident
or the death of an immediate family member does fall under “reasonable excuse”.
FYI, if you are arrested or required to attend a court proceeding, it’s not considered an emergency leave but unpaid leave.
No MC claim
Employers are actually not required to pay for medical leave. However, you MUST inform your employer within 48 hours if you take an MC. Otherwise, you will be considered absent without permission or reasonable excuse.
As it turns out, the Klang company’s demands are not wrong in the eyes of the law. Ethically, it’s a different story altogether.
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