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Haze: Employers can be fined up to RM50,000 for not letting staff work from home

Haze: Employers can be fined up to RM50,000 for not letting staff work from home

Haze = bad for everyone. Schools are closed, parents want to stay home to look after their children, and conjunctivitis cases are through the roof.

Now, the government is strongly urging everyone to just stay at home.

The Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) has been recommending that employers let their staff work from home.

This is to avoid prolonged exposure to the haze and air pollution as it is proven to be detrimental to your health.

Even if many may choose to struggle through the day in the office, the long-term health effects may actually lead to missing even more work due to falling ill.

At a weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, MoHR states that the primary responsibility of employers is to ensure the safety and health of employees at work.

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) can order affected work to stop in situations where the haze poses an immediate threat to the safety and health of workers.

If measures have not been taken to mitigate those risks under the Occupational Safety & Health Act 1994, companies are liable to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both.

If the offence continues, there can also be a daily fine of RM500.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports became the first ministry to allow its staff to work from home amid haze season.

Stay safe and if your work can be done from home, do so.

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