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can a company force you to do overtime?

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 06:58:47 PM  (Last updated: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 04:12:27 PM)

hi i am wondering if the company has a right to force you to do overtime.i am fed up because when we do over time up to 35-45 hrs per month.they accuse us of falsely claiming we want to teach them a lesson.we dont want to do it wrong if we dont want to do ot.

KL Siew
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 08:54:44 PM

The main point is that the Employment Act has no provision prohibiting employers from requiring their employees to work overtime. In your case, I think the problem lies in the ineffective control or administration of overtime work. They just cannot let the employees a free hand to do overtime work and then accuse the employees of making false claims. Overtime work must be controlled and any overtime work to be done for the day must be duly authorised by the supervisors or the heads of department. Hope you people can settle the matter amicably.

CK Kong
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:07:20 PM

Perhaps the best way to solve the OT hour discrepancy problem once and for all is by using a clock in/out machine. Only costs the company few hundred ringgit.

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 02:29:55 PM

if you are a responsible employee you will know the right time when you will do OT in order for you to finish your job. Time management and utilizing your time will help you to avoid OT with a good work output.

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 04:12:27 PM

thanks for the company has opted to control the amount of overtime by requiring all staff to write a site incident report if we are going to do ot.

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