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Maternity pay for an expatriate

Stacey Warren
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 06:18:22 PM  (Last updated: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 02:49:00 PM)


I am an Australian and have been working in Malaysia for a Malaysian company for the past 2.5 years (my contract ends at the end of 2011).  I am pregnant and due in January.  It is my understanding that if I do not renew my contract that under Malaysian Labour Law that I am entitled to maternity pay (the 60 days as outlined in the Malaysian Labour Law) as my baby will be born within the 4 months of the completion of my conract ( which is Jan 20th 2012).  I will give birth to my baby in Malaysia and continue living in Malaysia for at least one year post its birth as my husband is also employed by a Malaysian company. 

Can you please confirm if I am actually entitled to maternity pay? 

Thank you and I look forward to your reply.

KL Siew
Wed, 10 Aug 2011 02:49:00 PM

Please bear in mind that the Employment Act only covers non manual employees with salary not more than RM1500 per month. If you are not covered by the EA and there is also no clause on maternity benefit in the contract that you have signed, you will have problem in getting the maternity benefit.

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