Working Hours Malaysia

Alert Article to Overtime Calculation! Malaysia had changed weekly working hours from 48 hours to 45 hours.

Effective from September 1, Malaysia will enforce new working hours by reducing weekly hours from previously 48 hours to 45 hours, according to amendments to the Employment Act, announced by Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim.

He also announced that the amendments above were to safeguard the welfare of workers and provide adjustable working hours, in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention, in Malaysia’s lower house of the bicameral Parliament Dewan Negara.

“In addition, the amendments also introduce a new section on flexible work arrangements, to allow employees to apply to employers to carry out work according to the suitability of working hours, working days or workplaces, including working from home for emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As of today, there is no proposal or engagement for us to set four working days a week, at the ministry level,” he said when answering Senator Md Nasir Hashim’s question about the government’s stance on four working days in a week, especially in the private sector, according to Bernama.

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