21 March 2018
Kuala Lumpur

Understanding the Employment Insurance System Bill 2017 and Regulations

Mr. Raja Vishnu Sivarajah


The Employment Insurance System Bill 2017, which was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 26 October 2017 and came into effect on 1 January 2018. The Bill provides for the establishment of an Employment Insurance System managed by SOCSO to provide benefits, re-employment and training programs for insured persons in the event of loss of employment. On 28 December 2017, the Employment Insurance System (Registration and Contribution) Regulation 2017 was enacted to further provide rules and regulations to facilitate the implementation of the insurance system.



Assist participants to understand and familiarise themselves with the new Employment Insurance System ('EIS'), its administration, applicable laws and regulations, procedure, the benefits and effect of failure to comply.


Course Content

1. Background of the EIS


2. Introduction of the EIS Bill 2017
- Effective Date
- Coverage, Application and Interpretation
- Meaning of 'Insured Persons'
- Registration & Contribution (SOCSO Assist portal)
- Rates & Payment (EIS 2017 Schedule)
- Definition of Wages
- Employer Not To Reduce Wages
- Rate of Contribution (Employers & Employees)
- Qualifying Conditions for EIS


3. Loss of Employment
- Definition of Loss of Employment
- Exclusions Under Loss of Employment
- Period of Making Claims


4. Benefits of EIS
- Job Search Allowance
- Training Allowance
- Re-employment & Reduced Income Allowances
- Re-employment Placement Programme
- Period of Payment
- Penalties for Non Compliance

5. Employment Insurance System (Registration and Contribution) Regulation 2017
- Introduction of the EIS Regulations 2017
- Registration of Employers & Employees
- Code Numbers for Employers & Employees
- EIS Contribution
- Interest Payments on Late Contribution


7. Latest Updates: Interim Payments under EIS



Workshop Facilitator

RAJA VISHNU SIVARAJAH obtained his LL.B (Hons) in 1996 from the University of Wolverhampton and joined the Malaysian Current Law Journal in 1999 as the Legal Proofreader. In 2001, he was promoted to the position of Sub-Editor and subsequently in 2002, he was made Editor-incharge of the Industrial Law Reports (ILR). He left to join Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) in 2006 as the Research Analyst for the Industrial Relations Department, where he researched and wrote several MEF's Industrial Relations publications, specifically Leave & Absenteeism at the Workplace – Cases, Commentary & Materials (First Edition) and 'Criminal' Misconduct In Employment - Cases, Commentary & Materials (First Edition), aside from providing consultation on labour, employment and industrial law matters to members of MEF. After spending several years in the Corporate Sector, where he continued honing his Industrial Relations skills in a Managerial capacity, he joined MECA Employers Consulting Agency Sdn Bhd as its Senior Legal Advisor in 2011.

While in MECA, aside from providing advisory services to employers, he had also won many Labour Department cases on behalf of employers whilst conducted successful Training Courses on matters in connection to Employment Act 1955 and Industrial Relations Act 1967, domestic inquiry procedure, managing misconduct and poor performance, managing absenteeism and excessive sick leave etc.


With his experience and practical hands on approach in Industrial Relations, Raja Vishnu serves as a full time Consultant of IR Law. He also serves as a HR Consultant for the National Human Resource Centre under the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), Ministry of Human Resources. He provides Training Courses

on Industrial/Labour/Employment Law issues. He is well versed in assisting employers in handling day to day IR/HR operations including dispensing advise on compensation and benefits issues, drafting employment contracts, Company Handbooks, conducting investigation on disciplinary issues, HR Audit and domestic inquiries, handling employee grievances and negotiations for collective agreements, providing legal opinions, representing employers at Labour Department etc.


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