Employers delaying salaries nabbed

Azlan Othman

Some employers found to have delayed the payment of salaries of employees for over two months were nabbed during an inspection at a shopping complex in Jalan Aman on Tuesday.

The operation, dubbed Selongkar 33/2021, involved personnel from the Labour Enforcement Division (LED) of the Labour Department.

The employers allegedly violated Section 39 (1) of the Employment Order 2009, which indicates that employees’ salaries must be paid on the seventh day after the expiration of the salary period of one month. Failure to comply is an offence under Section 52 of the Employment Order 2009.

For such offences, the Labour Department will impose a BND600 fine for the first offence and BND900 for the second offence.

The department reminded employers to constantly monitor employees welfare in accordance with the requirements of the Employment Order 2009, such as the preparation of employment contracts, timely payment of salaries and providing clean accommodation.

Employers are also advised against abusing the Foreign Worker Licence and violate the act under the Employment Order 2009. Contact the Labour Department 2381848 (during working hours) or 7298989 (outside working hours) for information.

A Labour Department enforcement officer speaks to an employee. PHOTO: LED