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Legal Guide to Employment

This e-guide sets out some basic information for all employers about the current state of Malaysian employment law.

Topics in the e-Guide

  • What is Malaysian Employment Law?
  • Who does the Employment Act 1955 apply to?
  • Distinguishing between an Independent Contractor and an Employee
  • Important Clauses in an Employment Contract
  • Intellectual property ownership in an employment relationship
  • Statutory Rights of Employees under the Employment Act
    – Wage, Salary, Overtime Rates, Leave, Holiday, Probation, Termination, Social Security, Trade Union
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Offences and Penalty


Hiring people in Malaysia is actually quite easy and straight-forward; however, firing people is harder than you think! There are certain steps to follow to ensure compliance with the law.

This e-guide sets out some basic information for all employers about the current state of Malaysian employment law.

The Employment Act 1955 is the main legislation governing the employment law, applicable in Peninsular Malaysia and the Federal Territory of Labuan.


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