Employers must allow female staff 90 days maternity leave

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Private sector employers could be prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who took 90 days maternity leave, warned the deputy minister of human resources. — AFP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Private sector employers can be investigated and prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who take 90 days maternity leave.

Deputy Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib said such action was in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Constitution that everyone had equal rights including employment.

“Although there is no specific clause stating that private sector employers cannot terminate the service of a female worker for taking 90 days maternity leave, we have to uphold the principle law which is the Federal Constitution.

“Employers cannot terminate the service of female workers when they become pregnant; these women have contributed much to help their companies to thrive.  Read more

Review of labour laws to protect pregnant women

Source: FMT News

Human resources ministry says employers who fire pregnant employees who are on maternity leave could be fined RM10,000. Pic from FMT News.

Human resources ministry says employers who fire pregnant employees who are on maternity leave could be fined RM10,000. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The human resources ministry says it is reviewing labour laws to protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace.

In a report in The Star today, Deputy Human Resources Minister Ismail Abd Muttalib said the Employment Act as well as 21 other labour laws would be reassessed.

“We are conducting a review to update labour laws.

“There is no law which states that it is wrong for an employer not to hire a pregnant woman. It is left to the discretion of the employer… but there must not be any discrimination,” he was quoted as saying.

Ismail was responding to Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR-Ampang), who had asked if the government planned to introduce a Pregnancy Discrimination Act to safeguard the interests of women employees. Read more

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Gender Equality Talks #3 — Respect My Bump: Pregnancy Discrimination

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is hosting a series of four gender equality talks in conjunction with the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Did you know that 40% of pregnant women have been discriminated at work?

Learn how we can create inclusive workplaces for women. Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin will also share her experience advocating for pregnant women’s rights.

Free & open to public.

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