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Ministry of Human Resources: Employees can apply for flexible working arrangements when employment law amendment comes into effect on September 1

The request for flexible working arrangements must be in writing and can cover changes in working hours, working days and also work location, according to Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim. — Photo by Miera Zulyana

Thursday, June 23, 2022 10:46 PM MYT

ALOR SETAR, June 23 – Employees nationwide who wish to work on a flexible basis can apply for Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) with their respective employers under the Employment Act Amendment 1955 which will come into effect. effective September 1.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said the FWA request must be in writing and can cover changes in working hours, working days and also work location.

“When the request is made, the employer must respond in writing to the employee whether they accept or reject the request within 60 days and must give reasons why the request was rejected,” he said. to reporters here today.

Previously, he chaired the Northern Region Industrial Harmony Symposium program which aimed to improve relations between employers and employees by safeguarding industrial harmony and increasing the level of legal compliance.

Meanwhile, Awang said a study was also conducted on working four days a week to ensure that employers would not suffer serious effects if implemented in the future.

“Studies are still ongoing and so far we have seen that the four working days have not reduced employee productivity. If there are employers who are affected, we will take the study into account for further discussion at the ministry,” he said.

Yesterday, economist Emeritus Professor Barjoyai Bardai said Malaysia was not ready to implement the four-day working week policy as it was first implemented in some developed countries due to low productivity factors. — Bernama