Saturday, August 30, 2014

Minimum age to work in Malaysia?

The Minimum Age of Employee

  • In Sabah, an employer is prohibited from employing a child under 14 years to work in construction, manufacturing, transportation, mining sector or other places such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars, hotels or offices.

  • In Sarawak, no young person under the age of 16 years shall be employed on underground work in any time.

  • In Peninsular Malaysia, under the Children and Young Persons (Employment) Act 1966 (Act 350), children under the age of 14 years are
    • only allow to work between 7 AM until 8 PM
    • not allow to work for 3 consecutive hours without a period of rest. Period of rest shall be at least 30 minutes
    • not allow to work more than 6 hours a day. If attending school, total working and schooling hours shall not be more than 7 hours a day
  • and can only be designated by the employer to carry out
    • light activities in family business or other jobs authorized by the government
  • children between the age of 14 and 16 years are
    • only allow to work between 7 AM until 8 PM
    • not allow to work for 4 consecutive hours without a period of rest. Period of rest shall be at least 30 minutes
    • not allow to work for more than 7 hours. If attending school, total working and schooling hours shall not be more than 8 hours a day
    • not allow to commence work with less than 12 rest hours a day
  • and can only be designated by employer to
    • carry out light activities which are reasonably believed to be in accordance to their abilities
    • be a domestic servant or maid
    • work in an appropriate industry
    • engaged in any capacity in any vessel under the guardians of their parents.
  • An employer who fails to comply with the above has committed an offence under the Act and the penalty upon conviction shall be a fine up to RM2,000 or jail term not exceeding 6 months or both.