Ministry waits for Cabinet, AGC nod on Employment Act amendments

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran says the government will also review the Code of Conduct for Industrial Harmony.

SHAH ALAM: The human resources ministry is waiting for approval from the Cabinet and the Attorney-General’s Chambers before tabling the proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955 at the coming parliament meeting.

The amendments will include new provisions to address issues related to discrimination at the workplace, paternity leave and working hours.

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran said he hoped approval from the Cabinet and the AGC would be forthcoming “in a month or two”.

Speaking to reporters after attending the “Industrial Harmony Index (IHI): Shaping the Future with Industrial Harmony” event here today, he said the ministry had consulted with the stakeholders, including the National Labour Advisory Council, Malaysian Trades Unions Congress and the Malaysian Employers Federation.

Kula said the Code of Conduct for Industrial Harmony would also be reviewed to ensure that it was in line with the current working environment.

He said the law was last amended 44 years ago.

Asked about the report to streamline policies on foreign workers, which had yet to be made available to the public, Kula said the sub-committee headed by the ministry was looking into it.

“The report will be announced soon,” he said.