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Reminder: Employers in Malaysia to make SOCSO contributions for foreign workers from 2019

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Human Resources Minister, M Kulasegaran, has reiterated that it is compulsory for employers to make contributions to the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) for foreign workers from next month (January 2019), Bernama reported.

Speaking to reporters after chairing the National Labour Advisory Council Meeting at the Parliament building yesterday, he said: “Beginning Jan 1, 2019, employers must make SOCSO contributions for their foreign workers and this involves the 1.8 million foreign workers that we have in the country.

“However employers will be given a one-year cooling period for them to settle the outstanding compensation of their foreign workers before registering them with SOCSO.”

He pointed out that within the one year cooling period, SOCSO will reach out to employers to assist them on payments regarding outstanding compensation.

Kulasegaran also revealed plans by the ministry to amend several employment laws, adding that he would discuss with parties representing employers and workers before the amendments are brought up and presented in Parliament.

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