Enact amendment to the Employment Act

Proposer:

Rusni Tajari

Affiliations:

Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)

Policy Code:

2c Women

Problem Statement / Issue:

Paid paternity leave is not made compulsory in the private sector, maternity leave falls short of ILO standards, and employees and job seekers rights are not fully protected from discrimination under current Employment Act 1955

Value(s) and Belief(s):

To achieve fair distribution of family responsibilities between men and women

An expanded understanding of definition of discrimination must be in compliance compliance with articles 2a, 3 and 4 of CEDAW

Policies must be introduced in compliance with ILO Convention 100 and CEDAW concluding observations to Malaysia to reduce gender wage gap.

Proposal of Solution and Call to Action:

1) Table and pass the proposed amendments to the Employment Act which includes;
- To introduce at least seven days paternity leave in the private sector;
Extend paid maternity leave in the private sector from 60 to 90 days;
- Introduce prohibitions against discrimination based on gender, religion, race, and disability status for employees and job seekers;
- Introduce the right to request for flexible working hours and be protected from discrimination as a result of doing so;
- Strengthen protection against sexual harassment in the Employment Act 1955, in addition to passing an independent Sexual Harassment Act
Definition of discrimination to include direct and indirect discrimination

2) Include positive duties for employers such as provision of day care facilities, transportation for night work, programs for re- entry after childbirth, access facilities for the disabled, and temporary special measures to give an advantage to workers on the basis of gender, disability or minority or other disadvantaged status.

3) Introduce into the Employment Act the principle of Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value as provided for in ILO Convention 100.

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