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“Change work hours or location” – Steven Sim Reminds M’sians About Availability of Flexible Working Hours


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Flexible working arrangements help balance work and personal life. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia has taken steps to protect its workforce by introducing flexible work options.

After Singapore announced the option for 4-day work weeks and more work-from-home days, starting December 1, HR Minister, Steven Sim (@scheekeong), reminded Malaysians they can take advantage of these options too, as they’ve been in place for a while now.

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Employees are entitled to request flexible working arrangements

Steven Sim mentioned that under Sections 60P and 60Q of the Employment Act 1955, Malaysian employees can ask their employers for flexible working arrangements in terms of timing, days, and workplace location.

He also mentioned that employers should respond to such requests within 60 days, and if they deny the request, they must provide an explanation.

The HR Minister went on to say that KESUMA will keep reviewing and enhancing labor policies and laws to support the 3Ks.

“KESUMA will continuously review and improve our labor policies and laws to support the 3Ks, namely welfare, skills and employee performance, and to boost the country’s economic competitiveness.”


Employees must submit a written application!

In the Employment Act of 1955 shared by Steven Sim, under Section 60P(1) of the Act, employees have the right to request a flexible working arrangement from their employer, which can include changing their hours, days, or work location, as long as it aligns with Part XII or their service contract

The legislation also stated that employees seeking a flexible working arrangement under 60Q (1) must submit a written application.


Were you guys aware of this? Let us know in the comments down below!


Also read: Here’s What You Need To Know About The Amendments To The Employment Act 1955

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