Briefing on Amendments to the Industrial Relations Act

On 2 March, AMCHAM held a briefing session on the amendments that were made to the Industrial Relations Act 1967, which came into effect on 1 January 2021. For a better understanding of the amendments and the impact it brings, two expert legal speakers were brought on board for this session.

Mr. Leonard Yeoh, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution and Employment & Industrial Relations practice groups at Tay & Partners was on hand to provide an overview of the current changes to the Act, what the significant changes are, how it affects the employers and employees and what the new penalties are.

Mr. Vishnu Jeevapragasan, Head of Legal & Industrial Relations at ManpowerGroup Malaysia then provided insights into the key changes and what practical steps an organization can take to manage these changes. He provided examples from recent cases and their outcome after the amendments were made.

Attendees had the opportunity to raise legal questions and gain greater clarification from the guest speakers. Overall a very useful session to better understand the changes to the Industrial Act.