KUALA LUMPUR | Employers have to pay the full salary of all employees during the Conditional Movement Control Order period (CMCO).

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said employers were also not allowed to force workers to use their annual leave or unpaid leave during this period.

He said this in a statement today following the announcement by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Oct 20 and the International Trade and Industry Ministry on Oct 21 that employees in areas placed under the CMCO were to work from home with certain conditions in place.

“Following the work from home order, the Human Resources ministry would like to stress that salary payments must be made as usual.

“Employers should not force or direct employees to use their annual leave or take unpaid leave.

“This is in line with the order and statement issued by the ministry during the Movement Control Order in March,” he said.

Saravanan further said employers could discuss with their employees on any action and decision to be taken for the common good.

“For any further inquiries, the public can contact the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) at 03-8886 2352 / 03-8886 2409 / 03-8888 9111,” he added.

The government’s work from home order came amid escalating Covid-19 positive cases in the Klang Valley and Sabah.