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Employer in hot water after host of labour offences

An employer was found to have committed a number of labour offences during an inspection by the Labour Department recently.

Authorities said that the inspection in Kampong Bunut found the employer violating seven provisions under the Employment Order 2009, including failure to provide leave on public holidays and rest days while also having employees exceed prescribed working hours.

Authorities also said the employer failed to provide emergency equipment and was employing foreign workers without permission.

The department said the employer was found to be violating the terms of the Foreign Workers Licence when they had one listed as an auto body painter and another as a labourer work as car washers.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Belait, Labour Department officials found one violation of the Employment Order 2009 after an employer was discovered to be employing a foreign worker listed as a labourer to work as a cashier.

Authorities said the offences may be subject to fines of no more than BND1,000 for each offence.

The Labour Department reminds employers to monitor employee welfare in accordance with the requirements of the law. Employers are also advised to not misuse the Foreign Workers Licence. – Azlan Othman

Labour Department officials carrying out an inspection. PHOTO: LABOUR DEPARTMENT
Authorities inspect a premise in Kuala Belait. PHOTO: LABOUR DEPARTMENT