According to the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) , all employers have to pay the full salary of all employees, including allowances during Movement Control Order (MCO) period from March 18 until March 31.
Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan was quoted saying that throughout the MCO period, employers must pay workers salaries and related allowances, unless that allowance is related to attendance or travel.
Employers are also not allowed to force workers to use their annual leave or unpaid leave during this period, as the movement restriction was made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988.
“Workers without a fixed wage, the daily rate must not be less than the minimum wage as underlined in the Minimum Wage Order 2020, the Ministry added.
Additionally the Ministry also said that employees with daily payout must be paid based on the agreement between employee and employer in the offer letter/service contract/latest pay increment letter.
The Ministry made clear that employers cannot redeem RM600 per employee per month from the Government to support their salary payout.
The minimum requirement for the redemption stipulates that the order has to be enforced for at least one month.
Employees can report employers who refuse to pay their salaries during this period to the Department of Labour, it said.
These were among the answers the Ministry provided to a list of Frequently Asked Questions.