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01/08/2009 09:43:48
Re: Working Hours

Hi Mr Siew,
Came across yor website when googling. Great website with good info for all. Well, I have a question...about working hours and also staff OT. I'm in a managerial position so no OT is understandable. But for staff with pay between RM1200 to RM1400 - are they entitled to OT when work extra hours? My company does not pay OT at all and due to that staff make excuses for staying back. Another question is our working hours... We use to work 9am to 6pm with alternate Saturdays (9am to 1pm). But for 2009, the company have removed the alternate Saturdays and we are still required to work 9am to 6pm. Is this right? Because we have other business units with the same Saturday condition but they only work up to 5pm! When we enquire with management - their reply is "it's good enough that we are not cutting salary". But it seems so unfair.
Appreciate your advise. Thank you so much Mr Siew.
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KL Siew
01/08/2009 10:59:54

1. About staff working overtime. You just cannot let the staff have a free hand to decide whether to work overtime or not. That can lead to abuses like staying back to avoid traffic jam by doing something in the office. All overtime work must duly authorized by head of department or person responsible. When there is pressing work to be done with overtime, authorise it and pay overtime accordingly.

2. About working hours. Minus one hour lunch break, your working hours from 9 to 6 are 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week (8 x 6 days full day) or 44 hours (Saturdays 9 to 1pm). Therefore there is no overtime involved as the working hours do not exceed 48 per week. Yes, I agree your department is a bit unfortunate when compared with the other.
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01/08/2009 11:27:41
Thank you Mr Siew.

Well, the thing is even when there is a need for staff to stay back (or requested by bosses) - the company still does not recognize OT (the company claims that they don't need to pay OT).

Noted - your clarification about work hours.

Thank you so very much. This is really a good site!
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KL Siew
01/08/2009 11:53:53
That shouldn't be the case. The staff concerned can complain against the company at the Labour Department.
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