Employee Dismissal: Do it without trouble, without embarrassment, without financial cost.

1. You have read of instances when a company, being the employer, and its HR Manager were dragged to the court and then got dragged through the media because an employee was “wrongfully dismissed.” The company and the HR Manager got negative reputation, both got embarrassed, the company had to pay lots of money as compensation to the employee.

2. I knew of a case where a senior employee had been dismissed by a big-name company (“Co. X”). The employee then brought the case up to the Industrial Relations Department (IRD) for wrongful dismissal, and later Co. X was advised by its own lawyers that “You had done it the wrong way, you will eventually lose if this matter goes to the Industrial Court”. Co. X then agreed to settle the case quickly, by paying RM650,000 to the employee.

3. But must you, the company/business owner and/or the HR Manager, go through all that negative scenario, and ending up with negative consequences? No!

4. Of course not necessary. To avoid all that, for those who are not yet well-versed in the subject, go for trainings, seminars or workshops. Or get a trainer to come to your company to teach all your company’s relevant staff the topic of “Employee Dismissal”. Let all such people, not just the HR people, know the subject very well. And then, learn from others. Always read up on the subject: articles, journals, books etc

5. Remember: An employee can always go to the IRD claiming wrongful dismissal, rightly or otherwise. It is his rights, it is his choice. But if you had done it all correctly, you have nothing to worry. You will avoid losing the case. Or worst scenario: you will minimise the loss, should there be the case.

#employeedismissal #IndustrialRelationsDepartment #IndustrialCourt #compensation 

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Kebakaran: risiko, bahaya, akibat, dan langkah pencegahannya

Kebakaran. Api. Semua orang tahu akan risiko, bahaya, dan akibat dari bencana kebakaran. Dan semua orang tahu langkah pencegahan yang boleh dan perlu diambil. Tetapi tahap kepekaan dan kepeduliannya di sesetengah organisasi agak rendah. Kerana kkeuntungan, “profits”, kadang-kadang menjadi keutamaan.

Apabila kebakaran berlaku, hartabenda, rumah, bangunan, pejabat, dan kilang mengalamai kerosakan atau kemusnahan. Hutan dan ladang musnah. Akibatnya, kerugian dialami. Pekerjaan boleh hilang sama ada secara sementara atau secara kekal. Paling tragik: kehilangan nyawa yang berlaku.

  • Pulau Pinang: Api memusnahkan empat buah gudang ke tahap 90%. Tiada kecederaan atau kehilangan nyawa dialami
  • Kemerovo, Siberia (Russia): Kebakaran di sebuah shopping mall di banadaraya itu menyebabkan 64 orang mati, 41 darinya kanak-kanak 
  • Kuang, Selangor: Api memusnahkan 60% premis sebuah kilang. Dua pekerja Bangladesh mengalami lecur badan masing-masing 60% dan 80%

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Langkah pencegahan

Kebakaran boleh dicegah. Langkah-langkah pencegahan boleh diambil. Kalau ada kemahuan, kesedaran, dan komitmen pelbagai pihak dalam organisasi. Kalau pekerja tidak terlalu berkira dengan “tugas lebih tanpa upah”, kalau union tidak terlalu bertegas “itu tugas tambahan!”, kalau majikan tidak terlalu berkira “semua ini memerlukan wang, menjejaskan keuntungan syarikat”.

Tips

Untuk mereka yang mahu mengambil langkah pencegahan kebalaran ini, kita kongsikan sedikit tip asas (yang sememangnya telahpun sedia diketahui oleh semua orang):

  • Tubuhkan Fire Safety Committee, jika belum
  • Jika Fire safety Committee telah sedia wujud, pastikan aktivitinya bergerak secara berkesan, dan mempunyai arah tuju
  • Beri latihan teori dan amali kepada setiap ahli Fire Safety Committee secara berkala dan terancang
  • Adakan latihan secara berkala mencegah dan memadam kebakaran bagi seluruh organisasi, tidak hanya setahun sekali atau sekali dalam setiap enam bulan
  • Lakukan Fire Safety Audit atau Fire Checks secara kerap dan berkala, sebulan sekali atau dua bulan sekali
  • Buat analisa, pertimbangkan dan ambil tindakan mengikut keperluan akan segala syur dan cadangan oleh Fire Safety Audit Team 

Risiko besar

Memang sesetengah syur atau cadangan memerlukan dana, yang bereti keuntungan syarikat akan terjejas, tetapi itu semua pada  hakikaktnya adalah tindakan yang sangat bertanggungjawab dan sangat menguntungkan buat masa jangkapanjang. Tidak melakukannya bererti sesebuah organisasi atau majikan itu sedang mengambil risiko yang terlalu besar.

#NotForProfitAlone

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Great news on women on Malaysian companies’ board of directors

It is quite an encouraging news on women on Malaysian companies’ board of directors, that there remains “only seven public-listed companies in the top 100 nationwide that still have an all-male boardroom.”

The Malay Mail reports that according to the Securities Commission, the seven companies on Bursa Malaysia “that have yet to see a woman join the board as at January 17 are:

  1. Affin Holdings Bhd,
  2. Alliance Bank Bhd.,
  3. Batu Kawan Bhd.,
  4. Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd.,
  5. Genting Malaysia Bhd.,
  6. Genting Plantations Bhd., and
  7. UOA Development Bhd.

According to the SC, several of those seven will soon identify suitable women candidates for their boardrooms.

We hope similar improvement will be made in the not-so-distant future by the next 100 companies on Bursa Malaysia.

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