Employer charged with failure to pay domestic helper’s wages for 38 months

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A LOCAL employer was brought to the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of failing to pay his domestic helper for 38 months.

Labour Department prosecutor, Norizzah Hazirah Hj Jussin charged Sahari Yanam with 38 counts of failing to give the wages of his Indonesian maid.

Under section 108 (1) of the Labour Act, employers are required to pay their workers’ wages not later than 10 days of the agreed time and date. Failure to do so would result in fines of $1,500 or serving six months imprisonment.

During the court hearing, presiding magistrate, Azrimah Hj Abd Rahman set the sentencing date on November 20. To date, the accused is released on a $3,000 court bail or one local surety.

Meanwhile, the Labour Department is reminding employers to pay their employees monthly wages and to comply with the enforcement found in the Employment Order 2009.

The Brunei Times