Speaking to the media members Sivakumar stated that:
"I think we should proceed with this matter because the Employment (Amendment) Act 2022 was previously passed in Parliament sitting in March and most of the revisions are based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention.”
Let’s take a look at the key of amendments:
- Weekly working hours will be reduced from 48 to 45 hours
- Maternity leave will be increased from 60 days to 98 days
- Paternity leave from three days to seven days.
- Employment of a foreign employee will require the prior approval of the Director General of Labour.
He also stated that the ministry had so far approved 700,000 applications for the recruitment of foreign employees across several industries. Whereas, during the cabinet meeting on December 21, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim brought up this matter and advised hastening the hiring of foreign employees.
"To make sure we have adequate foreign employees, the Human Resources Ministry will work with the Home Ministry. We have so far accepted 700,000 applications for hiring foreign labor across several industries. We'll check to determine if other industries also require foreign labor as well.
The Human Resources and Home Ministries have been urged to accelerate the entry approvals of foreign employees, especially in the agriculture, service, and construction sectors. The premier claimed that these three industries require special attention since a labor shortage there could affect the production.
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