Maternity and Paternity Leave in Malaysia

Offering employees leave before and after the birth of a child is an important benefit that both supports the new parent, as well as secures the employee’s talent and ongoing role in the company.

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Offering employees leave before and after the birth of a child is an important benefit that both supports the new parent, as well as secures the employee’s talent and ongoing role in the company.  Without it, both the employee and employer would face uncertainty during what should be a happy occasion.

Most countries do offer some type of maternity/paternity leave as a statutory entitlement, and employers are also free to modify their own policy and offer more than the minimum.  Malaysia does have statutory leave entitlements, and if you are new to hiring in Malaysia, this article will answer your basic questions about how to offer compliant leave to new parents.

Maternity Leave in Malaysia

What are the maternity leave entitlements in Malaysia?

The current maternity leave entitlement for new mothers in 2020 is 60 consecutive days with full pay.  A company can opt to extend the leave beyond 60 days, but without pay.  Public sector employees receive 90 days of leave.

How long does an employee have to work with a company to use maternity leave?

To avail of the maternity leave benefit, an employee must have worked for the same employer for a minimum of 90 days in the four months prior to starting leave.  Also, the employee has to give formal notice of the pregnancy and planned leave at least four months prior to the due date.

Can an employee begin her maternity leave prior to giving birth?

The leave period can begin one month before the expected delivery date...read more

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Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd

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