PETALING JAYA: Human resource staff of companies on the “non-essential” list should be allowed to go to work to prepare payrolls, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said today.
Otherwise, the companies may not be able to make statutory payments such as EPF contributions for their employees on time, MEF president Syed Hussain Syed Husman said.
He said under current lockdown guidelines, HR staff in “non-essential” companies would not be allowed to pass through roadblocks to go to offices and prepare the May payroll.
“Companies need to prepare and submit other statutory payments which need to be paid latest by the 15th of the month, such as contributions to EPF, Employment Insurance System and Income tax,” he said.
MEF proposed that all statutory payments for the month of May be postponed to a reasonable date so that companies would be able to meet their obligations.
Alternatively, he said payroll and finance staff should be allowed to come to office on limited days and hours, as was carried out during the first national lockdown last year, to make sure companies are able to pay wages to staff and make statutory contributions in time.
Under the current lockdown, only 17 essential economic sectors are allowed to stay in operation.So far more than 128,000 companies, with a total of 1.57 million employees, have been approved to operate throughout the lockdown.
A total of 586,308 companies with 10.2 million workers have registered with the approving authority, the international trade ministry and are awaiting approval.