- Can we deploy our foreign employees to queue for Bak Kwa?
This appeared in the news (see Migrant Workers Queue (Today)), where companies actually deployed their foreign employees to queue for Bak Kwa. While compensation was mentioned (half a day off, meal allowance, etc.), it is still illegal for both work permit and s pass holders as they are only allow to work in an occupation as stated in their permit card. Further, there is an issue on the compensation – is this during office hours or after? If it’s the latter, what about overtime payment?
Legal issues aside, while some foreigners are in favor of this arrangement (able to earn an extra income), I believe there will be some who are not willing to do so. Will this be fair for them?
The clauses on disallowing foreign workers to work in an occupation other than that as stated in their permit card can be found in my Page Sources: Work Pass Conditions. (Forth and Fifth Schedule)
- New HDB Rule for Non-Malaysians Work Permit Holders in the
Effective 01 Jan, non-malaysians work permit holders from the manufacturing sector can no longer rent a whole HDB unit, thought they can still rent individual rooms. Those who are currently still under their existing contracts can stay till it expire.
You can check out the news at HDB Rule Change (Today)
- Public Holiday Entitlements
As shared previously, check out Entitlements during Public Holidays for the FAQs on entitlements for public holiday.
Further, as CNY falls on a weekend, employees might be confused on their entitlements. You can check out on the various scenarios given at Scenarios of Work Schedule during CNY.
Lastly, we hope you had an enjoyable Chinese New Year!