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Rupert Kheng
23/07/2010 14:49:45
Re: Lunch break

I teach in a tertiary institution. My employer has asked me to teach classes from 8 am - 4 pm (non-stop) without assigning a break for lunch. Is this legal under the country's labour law?
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KL Siew
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24/07/2010 08:57:36
What about other colleagues of yours, are they have the same fate?
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Rupert Kheng
24/07/2010 09:33:26
Not all. Some may have classes (non-stop) from 10 am - 2 pm. Others may have lunch break. It depends on your luck. When this is brought to the attention of the management, they tell you that "some others are like that too". In my case, they say, ok we look at it next semester.
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KL Siew
24/07/2010 10:12:45
Something is wrong with their time table scheduling for classes. The Employment Act is clear about that, you should not be required to work for more than 5 hours without a break of at least 30 minutes. But you may not be covered by that Act as it only covers non manual employees with salary not more than RM1500. So, make do what you can but keep on pestering them.
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Rupert Kheng
24/07/2010 10:32:38
Thanks for the advice. It's a case of the management not showing much concern for the staff. It's inhumane to treat staff like that. What the staff need is a union.
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Alfa
12/08/2010 08:41:47
Out normal working hours are from 8.30 to 6.00, with alternate Saturday.
During fasting month we were given an option to work either
1. 8.00 - 5.00 , no lunch break, alternate Saturday, or,
2. 8.30 - 5.00, no lunch break, work on every Saturday.

Is there any other option that I can suggest to my boss that will benefit both parties? Please advise
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