The law, which came into force on 1 March 2018, permits companies to recruit employees on a part-time basis and allows individuals to work for more than one employer. The key aspects of the law are:
- Individuals who fall under professional skills level one or two and therefore as a minimum have a diploma qualification may work part time for more than one employer;
- Consent from the primary employer is not required; however the employee must have a work permit to work for each employer;
- MHRE will notify all employers who the employee works for upon issuance of a new work permit;
- Employers are not permitted to restrict the employee’s employment using non-compete and confidentiality clauses in the employment contract unless a court order to the contrary has been obtained; and
- The primary employer is responsible for payment of end of service gratuity and annual leave and any other financial obligations which can be pro-rated, factoring in hours worked and wage. The employee may also contractually agree further benefits with any secondary employers.