EMCO: Only essential service workers allowed in office, says Saravanan

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Only essential service workers are allowed to leave their homes in movement control heightened order areas to go to work when it is in effect, says Datuk Seri M Saravanan (photo).

The Minister of Human Resources issued the recall on Friday July 2 following the announcement that most areas of Selangor and some localities in Kuala Lumpur will be under enhanced MCO from July 3 to July 16 due to a high number of cases of Covid-19.

“Therefore, employers are required to respect this order and allow their workers (in non-essential services) to work from home (WFH),” he said.

Saravanan reminded employers to comply with EMCO and standard operating procedure (SOP), especially regarding the number of workers allowed in the office or other workplaces.

He said the Department of Human Resources had received numerous complaints from workers that their employers had threatened them with dismissal if they refused to work from the office.

He advised workers to report such errant employers to the ministry using the Working for Workers (WFW) app.

In addition to WFH-related complaints, the app also contains 16 other categories of complaints regarding various labor issues.

“The ministry pays attention to complaints received and will take appropriate action,” he said.

He said 1,878 complaints were registered by the WFW app between May 23 and Thursday July 1 over the issue of employers not allowing their workers to work from home.

Selangor recorded the highest number of WFH-related complaints with 696, followed by Kuala Lumpur (505), Johor (196) and Penang (123).

Saravanan said 59 compound notices for violations of workers’ ability to be present in the office or workplace were issued by the Department of Labor and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health between June 1 and June 1. 1st of July. – Bernama

Michelle J. Kelley