Labour Department issues advisory to employers


KUCHING: Employers or any person intending to start a business are to give notice to the nearest Labour Office as specified in Section 60A of the Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Chapter 76).

Sarawak Labour Department director Awang Raduan Awang Omar, in a statement issued on Thursday (Jan 13), noted the section that obligated anyone who intended to carry out any agricultural, forestry companies or company activities to give notice to the department.

“In addition, the employer who intends to take over or start a business or change name and location of the company is also required to give notice.

“The notice must be given within 90 days from the start date of operations or take over or change name or location of the company in question.

“The period is also taking into account from the date at which the employee was first hired for the business, according to whichever is earlier.”

Awang Raduan added that the notice given to the department must be in written form and must be presented to the nearest Labour Office.

He also pointed out that the notice must contain the name of business registered, address and type of business, name of manager or person in charge, categories and the number of workers employed.

“Employers can also submit a notice using the JTKSWK60A form that can be downloaded from The form can also be obtained from Labour Offices throughout Sarawak.

“Any employer who fails to give notice or gives notice containing false information is committing an offence under Section 130E(f) of the Labor Ordinance (Sarawak Chapter 76) and on conviction, may be fined not exceeding RM10,000.

“Enforcement of the provisions of Section 60A is taken seriously by the department for a reason. There are many complaints received from employees who do not have complete information about the employer.”

He also noted that this also allowed the department to enforce the minimum wage order effectively and ensure all employees are given minimum rights as prescribed by law.

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