Employers in small, medium industries may apply to extend minimum wage implementation for foreign workers

Wednesday February 20, 2013

PETALING JAYA: Employers in the small and medium industries, who do not have the capacity to pay the minimum wage to all their employees, can appeal individually to extend the minimum wage implementation date for foreign employees only, the National Wages Consultative Council said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, the employers must continue to pay the minimum wage (RM900 for the peninsula and RM800 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan), with effect from Jan 1, to Malaysian workers.

The statement said that employers who apply for an extension of the wage implementation date were prohibited from deducting the levy and accomodation costs from the workers’ pay.

Employers who had implemented the minimum wage policy but who have run into difficulties paying the wages could apply to the Government to be allowed to deduct the costs of levy and accommodation from the workers’ pay, the statement said.

However, employers in the plantation sector who have implemented the minimum wage policy cannot apply for an extension and neither can they deduct the cost of accommodation from the workers’ pay.

The implementation of the minimum wage policy remains at Jan 1, except for the employers whose appeal had been accepted by the Government, the statement said.

Source: The Star

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