Employees can request flexible work arrangements

Employees can request flexible work arrangements
Employees can request flexible work arrangements


ALOR SETAR: Employees of the country who wish to work on a flexible basis can apply for Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) with their respective employers under the Employment Act Amendments of 1955 which will take effect on September 1st.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said that the FWA application must be made in writing and can cover changes in working hours, working days and also the place of work.


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

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Previously, he officiated the program of the Northern Region Industrial Harmony Symposium, which was held to improve the relationship between employers and employees to safeguard industrial harmony and increase the level of legal compliance.

Meanwhile, Awang said a study on working four days a week was also conducted to ensure that employers do not face harsh effects if it is implemented in the future.

“Studies are still being done and so far we have seen that the four days of work have not reduced the productivity of the employees. If there are businessmen who are affected, we will take the study into account for further discussion in the ministry,” he said.

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Yesterday, Economist Professor Emeritus Dr. Barjoyai Bardai said that Malaysia is not ready to implement the four-day workweek policy as first implemented in some developed countries due to low productivity factors.

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