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Malaysia – Ministry urges bosses to let employees work from home due to ongoing haze conditions (The Star Online)

20 September 2019

Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry has recommended employers to implement flexible work policies during the ongoing haze period and allow workers to work from home, reports The Star Online. The Ministry said it is the responsibility of employers to ensure the safety and health of workers. "Labour laws in Malaysia do not prohibit employers from specifying a place of employment other than those specified in a contract. Depending on circumstances such as haze or flood, workers can work from home as a temporary measure until conditions are restored," the Ministry stated. Under the country’s Occupational Health and Safety Act 1994, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health may order that any occupation affected by the haze be stopped in a situation that poses a danger to the safety and health of the worker and employers who do not comply may be fined or imprisoned. The haze, which was sparked by out of control blazes in Indonesia, have also led to the shutdown of thousands of schools across Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

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