Quarantining staff? Making them take leave for quarantine? You don’t get to make the rules, bosses told

PUTRAJAYA: There is no need for employers to impose mandatory quarantine on staff who have undertaken interstate travel, says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said it is also wrong for employers to make their workers take annual or unpaid leave for this purpose.

He said a mandatory quarantine can only be imposed by the government, such as on those who return from overseas or those entering Sabah and Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia.

"While interstate travel is only allowed for those with police approval, employers cannot make their employees observe a quarantine after they make such journeys.

"This is not as per guideline issued by the National Security Council and employers can't simply make their own rules," he said in his daily briefing Thursday (June 4).

Asked if action can be taken against the employers, Ismail said that the Human Resource Ministry has laws on such matters.

The minister was asked if companies can order their staff who travelled interstate either for work or personal matters be quarantined and have their pay or annual leave deducted for this.

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