I have been working in this company for two years as an executive and my salary is above RM2k.
Last month, my child was sick for 2 consecutive working days and I couldn't go to work. I informed my superior and colleague on my whereabouts via sms on both days. When I came back to work the next next day and applied for the emergency leave also showing proof that my child is really sick, my superior rejected my application by saying that informing via sms is not valid and I should've called and for that I was considered absent and my pay has been deducted by the HR dept. I felt that this is unfair. Of course with child being sick is unintentional and it's not that I never inform my superiors about me not coming to work.
Please advise me on what is the definition of absenteeism in Msian Labor Law and wether the company has a right to reject my application and wether noticing superior via sms is valid or not?
It is more a communication problem and not so much about labour law. It will be better for you to bring up the matter with your HR department. Also ask them whether SMS is acceptable for notifying purposes so that such misunderstanding can be avoided in future. You may consult the Labour Department or the Industrial Relations Department if you think necessary. .
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