In Malaysia employment law is outlined in the Employment Act 1955 and the Industrial Relations Act 1967, which deal with relations between employers, employees and trade unions. The Employment Act gives minimum terms and conditions for manual workers and non-manual workers who earn less than a defined amount. It covers full-time, part-time, temporary and contract employment.
Part-time work is classed as being employed for less than 70 percent of the time of a full-time employee in a similar job. Casual workers, who are hired only when needed, are not covered by the Employment Act.
Working hours for employees covered by the Employment Act must conform to the following:
Anybody employed in Malaysia for longer than one month must have a written employment contract or "contract of service", which should include:
A written employment contract should be received before starting work. An oral agreement is sufficient for employment lasting less than a month.
Minimum wage law applies to some industries and sectors in some territories. Many employees have jobs for which there is no legal minimum wage.
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