Maximum of 10% of managers, supervisors can work in office for limited hours in CMCO areas — MITI

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21): Only a maximum of 10% of managerial or supervisory-level employees in selected fields will be allowed to work in the office for a restricted time and duration from tomorrow until the end of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said today.

Those fields include accounting, finance, administration, law, planning and information and communications technology (ICT). These employees will only be permitted to work in the office for four hours, from 10am to 2pm, for three days a week.

MITI today outlined the guidelines for companies operating in areas placed under the CMCO, such as Sabah, Labuan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya. It follows the National Security Council’s (NSC) announcement yesterday instructing managerial and supervisory-level employees to work from home from tomorrow.  

Based on MITI's Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) database system, the number of employees registered in the manufacturing, services and construction sectors in Sabah, Labuan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya amounts to 3.1 million people.

Of this number, a total of 776,135 employees or 25% fall in the field of management and supervision.

“Companies do not need to submit applications for this purpose. Employers only need to issue a travel release letter for each employee who is allowed to work during the CMCO period,” Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said in a media statement today.

Meanwhile, those that do not need to be in the office should work from home (WFH), and employers must set the appropriate WFH guidelines according to the needs of their respective companies, Mohamed Azmin said.

“Taking joint responsibility to protect the health of the people and employees, MITI will immediately implement the NSC's decision for the industry to introduce a WFH policy for staff management and supervision as a measure to reduce the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in areas undergoing the CMCO,” he said.

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