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17/11/2009 16:00:05
Re: Site Allowances

What can be done if there is evidence that the company is not giving out benefits as per your entitlement?

In my case, I am not given site allowances but instead I am given what they call "Project Allowance" in which the latter is not mentioned anywhere in my letter of offer nor the employee benefits handbook. This is what is stated in the handbook:

"An employee who has been assigned to a designated site for more than 14 consecutive days are eligible for a monthly site allowance pro-rated accordingly for any incomplete month as follows:

Their reasoning for the above is because they claim that site allowances are only meant for work sites that are located out of the Klang Valley or 50km away from HQ. There is actually no mention at all about this in the handbook. Instead, I am being paid Project Allowances which has a lesser quantum.

What can be done here?
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KL Siew
17/11/2009 16:19:15
I think that is something you have to iron out with your company. You can consult the Industrial Relations Department but I think there is very little they can do about it. No harm trying.
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17/11/2009 16:35:26
Thanks for your prompt reply Mr Siew. Anyhow, I had already sought clarification with the HR Head via email but her response was not substantiated with anything at all. Below is actually what her last response was:

"Let me explain one more time. There is no site allowance for work done within the Klang Valley Area. You have NOT, I repeat, NOT been given a site allowance. The Project has provided you with a project allowance which has been costed into the project fee. There is NO GUIDELINE in the Hand book as this is NOT a generic benefit for all of XXX group. This is on a case to case basis and special approval has been given by management.
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KL Siew
17/11/2009 17:41:24
I think there is no point to go further, just let the matter rest.
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