Earlier this week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that the minimum wage will be officially increased to RM1,500 starting 1 May.
Some employers are not happy about this and it seems that they are taking things into their own hands.
Recently, a TikTok user Sya shared a video showing a series of messages from her boss who allegedly sacked her without giving her advance notice.
It started when her boss removed her from the work WhatsApp group and then she messaged her boss, Anna, directly to ask why she was removed.
Her boss then apologised and said it was because the government has sent a letter to raise the minimum wage to RM1,500.
Sya was also told that she does not need to come in for work the next day. Her boss added that she will continue paying her salary like normal on their next payday on 5 April.
The video has gone viral, garnering over 3.2 million views and netizens advised Sya to report her boss to the labour office as there was no notice period given.
Netizens also advised her not to delete the messages from her boss and bring along other necessary documents such as her employment letter and payslip with her to the labour office.
They also shared that Sya should be compensated at least 3 months’ pay if she was terminated without notice by her employer.
“If you have an offer letter, you can counter them because they terminated you without notice. They need to give you a notice period to look for a new job. They cannot simply fire you. Go to the labour office and refer to them, they will guide you.” a netizen shared.
According to Section 13 (1) of the Employment Act 1955, either party can terminate the employment without notice by “paying to the other party an indemnity of a sum equal to the amount of wages which would have accrued to the employee during the term of such notice.”
The second subsection then said that employment can be terminated without notice if there is a “wilful breach by the other party of a condition of the contract of service”.
Wilful breaches can be the product of major misconducts such as being absent from work for an extended period without reason, sexual harassment, theft, embezzlement, etc.
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