Yesterday (3 June), the Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri M.Saravanan said that a maximum fine of RM50,000 could be imposed on businesses and premises that do not comply with the work from home (WFH) SOP as communicated by the Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri previously.
In addition, a 7-days closure notice will be issued to them too.
According to Bernama, Saravanan said that the officers from Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP) under the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) are now empowered to issue compound notices to companies and premises who are found to flaunt the WFH SOP.
He added that the power to issue compounds was given by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in accordance to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), and it is effective starting 1 June.
This comes after Saravanan said that the Ministry had received a significant number of complaints through the Working For Workers (WFW) application regarding employers requiring all their staff to work in office even though the requirement of 40% limit for private-sector workers to WFH had been imposed according to the Movement Control Order (MCO) SOP.
To put things in perspective, he revealed that the Ministry received 1,767 complaints from 3 May until 1 June, with 260 cases involving non-payment or late payment of salaries, 73 cases of termination without notice and 68 cases of non-payment of overtime and termination benefits.
On the other hand, employers from Selangor records the most complaints, with 580 cases, following by Kuala Lumpur (511 cases), Johor (223 cases) and Penang (134 cases).
“Workers are advised to continue channelling complaints and problems they face through the WFW application and to practise self-discipline to curb the spread of COVID-19” he added.
Meanwhile, according to FMT, the MOH had identified 24 new Covid-19 clusters in Malaysia, in which 19 of them were from working places.
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