Employees can apply for flexible work hours, says deputy minister

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ALOR SETAR: Employees who want flexibility in their work can apply for flexible working arrangements (FWA) with their respective employers under an amendment to the Employment Act 1955 which will come into force on Sept 1.

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Deputy human resources minister Awang Hashim said the FWA application must be made in writing and include changes in working hours, working days and also the place of work.

“When the application is made, the employer must reply to the employee in writing within 60 days and reasons must be given if an application is rejected,” he told reporters here today.

Earlier, he officiated the Northern Region Industrial Harmony Symposium programme which was held to improve the relationship between employers and employees.

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Awang said studies were being conducted on the possibility of a four-day work week to ensure there would not be any adverse impact.

“Studies are still being conducted and so far, we have seen that working for only four days has not reduced productivity,” he said, adding that further discussions would be held.

Yesterday, economist Barjoyai Bardai said Malaysia was not ready to implement the four-day work week policy which had been adopted by some developed countries.-BERNAMA