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Deduction of Salary (Lateness)

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 03:13:30 PM  (Last updated: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:13:15 AM)

Dear Sir/Madam, 

Can you please advise on the matter. 

1) Can an employer deduct an employees salary due to coming late to work (less than an hour late) without prior announcement or written update on this new procedure? 

2) If employers deduct an employee's salary for lateness, but currently do not pay overtime when employees work after office hours/weekends, will they then have to start paying overtime? 

3) Should other disciplinary action such as warnings and/or show cause letters be executed by management before a salary deduction? 

Thank You. 

KL Siew
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:13:15 AM

Absenteeism and tardiness are know disciplinary issues. If management, the admin and HR are weak and don't know what to do, it will be hard to control. So, the employer has to be strict and shows them he means business, but of course he must be fair. He must also find out why workers are often absent or coming late for work. The working environment may be not conducive, bosses too nasty and so on.

Anyway, the basic things to do may be to issue verbal warnings, then written warnings and finally dismiss them after due inquiry. Get guidance from Section 14 of the Employment Act.

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