PETALING JAYA | Any company not complying with the government’s latest work-from-home (WFH) directive will be ordered to close for seven days and faces a RM50,000 compound.
In a statement today, human resources minister M Saravanan said the decision was made following a “significant increase” in the number of complaints received through the Working for Workers (WFW) app in relation to employers which do not allow their staff to work from home.
Saravanan added that since June 1, enforcement officers under the labour department of Peninsular Malaysia and department of occupational safety and health have been given powers to issue compounds to such companies under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act.
Currently, 40% of private sector employees work from home.
According to Saravanan, the ministry received some 1,121 complaints about work-from-home matters through the WFW app from May 23 to June 2.
Meanwhile, between May 3 and June 2 it received 1,767 complaints for other issues, including unpaid or late payment of salaries (260 cases) and retrenchments without notice (73), among others.
Selangor recorded the highest number of complaints with 580 cases, followed by Kuala Lumpur (511), Johor (223) and Penang (134).
Saravanan advised those facing work-related issues to direct their complaints through the app while complying with Covid-19 SOPs to curb the spread of the virus.