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Zaqy Mohamad on Local Qualifying Salary transition support for companies

Companies will have adequate time to adjust before the new Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) is implemented in 2022. Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, who gave this assurance in reply to Parliamentary questions on Tuesday (Sep 14), said the Manpower Ministry will "not jump straight into strict enforcement". As the new rules will have a significant impact on employers, he said there are no plans to further increase the LQS for now. Instead, the Manpower Ministry will focus on implementing the new rules, educating employers and improving awareness, as well as minimising the burden of compliance. He said the Government recognises that employers will need some time to adjust their operations, especially with the economy still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has accepted the recommendation of the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers to provide transition support and is carefully studying the details of that support. This will be announced in due course, before the first moves kick in next September. 

Zaqy Mohamad on Local Qualifying Salary transition support for companies

14 Sep 2021 11:46am

Companies will have adequate time to adjust before the new Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) is implemented in 2022. Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, who gave this assurance in reply to Parliamentary questions on Tuesday (Sep 14), said the Manpower Ministry will "not jump straight into strict enforcement". As the new rules will have a significant impact on employers, he said there are no plans to further increase the LQS for now. Instead, the Manpower Ministry will focus on implementing the new rules, educating employers and improving awareness, as well as minimising the burden of compliance. He said the Government recognises that employers will need some time to adjust their operations, especially with the economy still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has accepted the recommendation of the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers to provide transition support and is carefully studying the details of that support. This will be announced in due course, before the first moves kick in next September. 

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