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Employers Cannot Cut Salary For WFH Staff, Says Home Minister

Employers Cannot Cut Salary For WFH Staff, Says Home Minister

Don’t give permission for employees to work from home only to cut their salaries later, employers told.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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Employers are not allowed to deduct their staff’s salaries or allowances even if they’re opting to work from home (WFH).

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said that there is no provision in the national wage policy that allows employers to do so, adding that the idea cannot and should not be allowed to happen.

Saravanan said that employers have the power to decide whether an employee can work remotely or not.

“There are no obstacles (in this matter), employers can ask them (employees) to come into the office. (After all) No party can work from home without the consent of the employer,” Saravanan was quoted as saying by Bernama.

He was commenting on the recent Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) suggestion that WFH staff should be given smaller salaries, including a reduction in travel allowance.

“If an employer allows it, then they should not want to cut their salaries later.

“If the employer does not agree with the employee working from home, they can ask the employer to come to the office. Not give permission, (and then) we cut the salary,” added Saravanan.

On 24 April, MEF Executive Director Shamsuddin Bardan suggested the idea, claiming that some employees agreed with the move as working from home would save travel costs.


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