Employment Act to be amended to cover e-hailing drivers

The public authority is revising the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) to refresh the meaning of representatives and businesses with the goal that e-hailing drivers will be perceived as laborers, said appointee HR serve Awang Hashim in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Reacting to an inquiry from Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang) on advances that will be taken by the public authority to resolve the issue of absence of federal retirement aide for e-hailing riders, Awang said that these workers were not covered under any work laws, for example, the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265).

“The service is currently changing the Act to all the more likely explain the worker manager relations in the gig business.”

Awang likewise said the service was currently captivating with specialist organizations and industry players to investigate the need to make a particular law for e-hailing riders.

In July, the Kuala Lumpur High Court excused a legal survey application made by a previous e-hailing administration driver, Loh Guet Ching, who was looking for the option to be heard under the steady gaze of the Industrial Court for supposed uncalled for excusal by Grab.

The court decided that Loh didn’t fit the meaning of a representative under the Industrial Relations Act 1967.

In the mean time, a point of reference was set in the UK recently when the Supreme Court decided that drivers for the e-hailing administration Uber were laborers and not self employed entities. Following the decision, Uber was accounted for to have said it will regard every one of its drivers as laborers who are qualified for the lowest pay permitted by law, paid occasions and an annuity plan.

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