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Malaysia’s Employment Act (1955): A Short Guide

Published 29 Jul 2022
2 min read
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Hiring employees in Malaysia, but unsure of the terms and benefits to offer? As an employer or business owner in Malaysia, you’ll want to understand the Employment Act (1955) clearly to ensure compliance.

This short guide will give you a broad overview of all the key aspects to consider, as well as how the recent amendments made to minimum wage and the EA in 2022 may affect you. 

In this guide, we cover:

  • What is Malaysia’s Employment Act
  • Employees that don’t fall under the Employment Act
  • The current minimum wage in Malaysia
  • Required statutory deductions from an employee’s salary
  • Minimum requirements for annual leave
  • Minimum requirements for sick leave
  • Public holidays
  • Overtime rates
  • Maternity leave and protections
  • Working hours
  • Sexual harassment complaints
  • Flexible work arrangements

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