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The Only Accounting Firm with 6 Hour Work Days 1

Would you believe the possibility of working just six hours a day? Well you can if you’re an accountant at NK Associates. The accounting firm based in Puchong, Selangor originally applied the system when its principal partner, N Krishnan was inspired after Sweden announced its own adjustment in office hours. Krishnan explained that the main focus of this model is to strike a balance between work and leisure without compromising

Variation of Contractual Terms in Employment Contracts

This could range from removing and /or reducing benefits such as 13th month bonus, imposing longer hours of work / more working days in a week, medical benefits, temporary shut downs or changes to leave provisions to name a few. It is common for employers to incorporate a clause in a contract allowing for variation to happen at any time. The big question would be whether the clause itself is

Saudi’s Resume Interest in Pengerang

Reuters reported that Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and Saudi Aramco are expected to sign an agreement to collaborate in the country’s Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang valued at US$27bil. They will sign the agreement during a weekend visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said in a statement. Bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia has

Things to Look Out for in an Employment Contract – Part One

There are laws surrounding employment, primarily the Employment Act 1955 and the Industrial Relations Act 1967. This article serves to explore the key considerations in employment contracts and how employers can further enhance their own set of contracts. Terms related to Probation We sometimes get tremendously bogged down by work and we fail to look into the finer details of what’s going on at work. For example, if an employee’s

The Hotelier's Story 1

In this issue we focus on Ivan Teo, Chairman of MAH Johor Chapter, General Manager of Pondersoa Golf & Country Resort and General Manager of Rawhide Sdn Bhd. Brief background Ivan has been in the hospitality industry for 20 years, predominantly in Golf Resorts.  After graduating in Hotel & Tourism Management in Switzerland, he worked for one year there and returned to work in Singapore to be with the Shangri-La,

Things to Look Out for in an Employment Contract – Part One

Employers in Malaysia are given extensive liberty in negotiating terms and conditions of employment with potential employees. There are laws surrounding employment, primarily the Employment Act 1955 and the Industrial Relations Act 1967. This article serves to explore the key considerations in employment contracts and how employers can further enhance their own set of contracts. The Common Suspects – Types of Contract Employers generally require potential candidates to fulfill pre-employment

The Hotelier's Story 1

We are featuring this series on hoteliers from Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Johor Chapter to give you an insight to rebrand careers in hotels and change the negative perception of the public that working in the hotel means long hours, low pay, or a job to face angry customers. We are here to set the record straight that the hotel industry is the face of the future. There are

SERVICE SOPs.  APPLIED OR ARCHIVED?

In counselling some of my trainees, I realized their problems often stem from basics.   One of them is the lack of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  In the service industry (and in many other industries too) SOPs are the blueprints – crucial to training and to provide precious reference when learning on the job, and during spaces of ambiguity when standards go wrong. Ideally, SOPs should provide clear, step-by-step scripts that