Employment Act, 1955

Malaysia Current 1955

The Employment Act of 1955 is the main legislation on labour matters in Malaysia. It applies to Peninsula Malaysia and Labuan. It provides minimum terms of employment to those recognized as employees under the Act. It contains provisions on, among others, leave, overtime and wages. It is complemented by other employment laws such as the Children and Young persons (Employment) Act of 1966 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1994. The latter among others requires the employer to formulate a workplace safety and health policy and regularly revise such policy to align it with changes and best practices as reported by business. 



Industry sectors covered by the instrument

All/none specified

Organizations covered by the instrument

All organizations

Issuer type

Ministry of Human Resources

Type of instrument


Mandatory or voluntary


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