MITI : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

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Even though travel restrictions have been lifted nationwide, MITI confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applies!

Here is what you need to know about the MITI Work From Home directive for RMCO, CMCO and TEMCO areas!


MITI : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

On 7 December 2020, Malaysia lifted travel restrictions across the country, allowing people to freely travel in and out of CMCO areas.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applies for CMCO and TEMCO areas. It is only optional for RMCO areas.

Therefore, businesses are expected to continue implementing their work from home policies.

MITI : Work From Home Directive Still Applicable!


MITI Work From Home Directive : What You Need To Know!

Here is a refresher course on the MITI Work From Home directive, based on the latest 23 October 2020 FAQ :

1. Is WFH Mandatory?

WFH is compulsory for management and supervisory staff in CMCO and TEMCO areas, including those involved in tasks like:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • administration
  • law
  • planning
  • ICT.

WFH is not compulsory for employees of these sectors, who are allowed to work as normal :

  • retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores
  • food stalls, food courts, restaurants
  • plantation and agriculture
  • transportation – express bus, LRT, MRT, taxi, e-hailing
  • food delivery services

Delivery man with face mask

2. What If We Need To Be In The Office?

Up to 10 per cent of management and supervisory staff can be in the office, limited to 4 hours only – from 10 AM until 2 PM – for up to 3 days a week.

If the company has 10 people or fewer in the management and supervisory group, only one (1) person is allowed to come to the office at one time.

The company must issue an authorisation letter for each employee who is allowed to work.

3. Can We Rotate?

Companies can create a rotation system for their management and supervisory staff.

The company should maintain the rotation schedule, as well as a list of those who are working from home, and those who are allowed to work in the office.

MITI : Work From Home Directive Still Applicable!

4. Can We Change The Working Hours?

No, MITI requires companies to comply with these rules for management and supervisory staff :

  • maximum of 4 hours a day
  • from 10 AM until 2 PM
  • maximum of 3 days a week

5. Do We Need To Get Tested Before Working In The Office?

COVID-19 screening is not mandatory for staff who are working in the office. It is only mandatory for :

  • foreign workers in the construction sector
  • security guards
  • all workers from red zones who are symptomatic


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