90 Days Maternity Leave for Private Sector in Malaysia

90 Days Maternity Leave for Private Sector in Malaysia

February 7, 2018 Blog 6

We are getting a lot of questions regarding the implementation of 90 days maternity leave for private sector in Malaysia. It is a heated topic and some commented that ’employers can be investigated and prosecuted if they dismiss female staff taking 90 days maternity leave’. There’s a even post Pregnant M’sians Can Sue Bosses Who Don’t Approve 90 Days Maternity Leave.

We got in touch with Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia JTKSM / Malaysia Labour Department. From the phone conversation with JTKSM, employers are encourage to implement 90 days maternity leave but they can still maintain 60 days. It is very difficult for employee to sue because Employment Act 1955 is not amended yet. There’s no timeline yet when the Employment Act 1955 will be amended. Below is the official email response.

The increment from 60 days to 90 days for maternity leave in private sector, announced by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the Budget 2018 presentation will be implemented in two phases:

First phase is to encourage employer to provide 90 days maternity to female workers in the private sector. During this period, JTKSM will hold session to gain insights and feedback from stakeholders.

The second phase will be continued by making amendments to the provisions of Section 37 of the Employment Act 1955, Section 83 of the Labor Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 67) and Section 84 of the Labor Ordinance (Sarawak chapter 76) to require mandatory 90 days of maternity leave.

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Berkenaan cadangan pelaksanaan cuti bersalin bagi sektor swasta dinaikkan dari 60 hari kepada 90 hari sepertimana yang diumumkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam pembentangan Bajet 2018 ianya akan dilaksanakan di dalam dua fasa iaitu:

Fasa Pertama iaitu dengan menggalakkan majikan untuk memberi cuti bersalin 90 hari kepada pekerja wanita dalam sektor swasta. Dalam tempoh ini, sesi libat urus akan diadakan bagi mendapatkan pandangan dan maklumbalas daripada stakeholders; dan

Fasa Kedua pula akan diteruskan dengan membuat pindaan ke atas peruntukan Seksyen 37 Akta Kerja 1955, Seksyen 83 Ordinan Buruh (Sabah Bab 67) dan Seksyen 84 Ordinan Buruh (Sarawak bab 76) bagi mewajibkan cuti bersalin 90 hari ini dilaksanakan.

Untuk makluman, kewajipan memberi 90 hari cuti bersalin hanya akan dikuatkuasakan setelah pindaan di buat ke atas Akta Kerja 1955 dan Ordinan Buruh Sabah/Sarawak.

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  1. ezan

    March 28, 2018

    adakah syarikat swasta (SDN BHD) juga layak mendapatkan cuti 90 hari? atau, bergantung pada pihak syarikat samada meluluskan 90 hari / 60 hari?

    • William Beh

      March 28, 2018

      Bergantung kepada polisi syarikat memberi 90 atau 60 hari.

  2. Sharifah

    April 17, 2018

    Hi HRSifu,
    Would you know what is the timeline for this to be implemented?

    • William Beh

      April 21, 2018

      We have not get any new updates. Follow us on our website or facebook https://www.facebook.com/hrsifu to received the latest update. We will post it once the government confirm the implementation.

  3. Hillary

    April 26, 2018

    Can the 90 days maternity leave implies to contract staff?

    • Simon Siah

      April 26, 2018

      Contract staff are entitled to sick leave, annual leave, maternity leave, public holidays and other benefits as laid down in the Employment Act.

      Either 60 or 90 days maternity leave is depends on company policy.

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