MoHR studying ways to expand work-from-home

by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) is studying the proposal to expand the work-from-home (WFH) as it has proven to successfully curb the Covid-19 spread.

“We are studying whether this can be practiced after the Movement Control Order, but only in a few sectors which employee performance can be measured,” Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said in Putrajaya yesterday.

The government is looking into extending the WFH arrangement for both public and private sectors’ workers and giving full pay to enable workers to care for an ailing family member or, in the case of men, to help their wives look after a newborn child.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had previously suggested for the Public Service Department and the MoHR to look into the feasibility of extending this facility.

Saravanan said the WFH concept has been able to reduce costs as well as create a new work culture, but its success depends on the sincerity of employees.

“The success of the WFH concept depends on the sincerity of the employees because it is feared that some employees will take advantage,” he added.

Saravanan also said the enforcement of Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) enforcement will help restore the country’s image for management of foreign workers.

MoHR plays an important role in managing foreign workers, such as the issue of workers not receiving fair treatment.

The ministry has taken the initiative to enforce Act 446 as a pre-requisite before employers can bring in foreign workers, the minister said.

“The entry of foreign workers will not be approved if the employer cannot convince the Labour Department (JTK) with the facilities provided in accordance with the number of employees applied for.

“JTK will issue a special blueprint for the construction of centralised labour quarters to developers in meeting the requirements and standards of the Emergency Ordinance (Worker’s Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities) 2021 (Act 446) that came into effect on Feb 26,” he said.

For 2021, Saravanan said among MoHR’s focus are to increase the capacity of training institutions, establish a National

Human Resource Centre, increase social protection aspects and increase coordinators for upskilling and reskilling efforts (improving job skills and re-teaching skills).