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Pay cuts on employees who choose WFH should not happen, says HR Minister

Employers are not allowed to cut their staff’s salaries or allowances even if they opted to work from home (WFH), says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

According to Bernama, the human resources minister said that there is no provision in the national wage policy that allows employers to do so, adding that the idea cannot and should not be allowed to happen.

He added that employers have the power to decide whether an employee can work remotely or not.

“There are no obstacles in this matter, employers can ask the employees to come into the office. After all, No party can work from home without the consent of the employer,” Saravanan said.

Saravanan was responding to the recent suggestions by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) that said employees who prefer to work from home should get a pay cut as they are no longer going to the office.

“If an employer allows it, then they should not want to cut their salaries later.”

“If the employer does not agree with the employee working from home, they can ask the employer to come to the office. Not give permission, and then we cut the salary,” Saravanan explained.

On 24 April, MEF Executive Director Shamsuddin Bardan mooted the idea of a pay cut, claiming that some employees agreed with the move as working from home would save travel costs.

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