Human Resources Ministry Rejects Hundreds Of Applications To Put Off Minimum Pay Implementation

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 (Bernama) — The human resources ministry has rejected the request of hundreds of local employers to postpone the minimum wage requirement which comes into effect on Jan 1.

Its minister, Datuk Richard Riot, said the highest applications were from companies involved in small and medium industries (SMI) and large firms with millions of ringgit in profits a year.

“We still received applications for postponement last week. Many have been rejected. We are firm on this and employers must abide by the regulation by Jan 1, 2014,” he told reporters after opening a two-day forum, `Leadership for Entrepreneurs’ which was attended by 100 SMI entreprenuers here Tuesday.

He said the enforcement of minimum pay was a government directive, through the General Order, and Malaysia could not achieve a developed nation status in 2020 if it was not complied with.

The directive of minimum pay of RM900 for peninsula Malaysia and RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak was made by the National Wages Consultative Council which had implemented numerous studies, including implication to companies and nation and it was represented by six employer unions, six worker unions and six representatives from the ministry, he said.

Meanwhile, Riot said the ministry was implementing a study on the need for foreign labour in the country.

“The study is to determine the need of the national industries for foreign workers. We do not want too many foreign workers in our country,” he said when asked about the 1.4 million foreign workers currently in the country.

He said the Bangladesh Human Resources Ministry had offered its manpower to Malaysia and was prepared to send 1,000 workers a week.

On local workers, Riot clarified that Malaysia was still lacking in skilled workers and the government had set a target of 50 per cent of the 20.8 million local workers to comprise skilled workers by 2020.

– BERNAMA

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Yodle Hires Stephanie Kelly as Chief Human Resources Officer

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, today announced that Stephanie Kelly has joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer and will also be part of its executive management team.  Ms. Kelly brings over 25 years of related experience from other dynamic, high growth companies, and will lead all Human Resources initiatives and functions at Yodle.

“Yodle’s headcount has increased significantly over recent years and we expect that trend to continue for the foreseeable future,” said Court Cunningham, CEO, Yodle.  “Stephanie’s strong expertise in employee branding, corporate talent strategy, and leadership development will be a critical factor in further ensuring our success during this time.”

Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of experience to Yodle, having led HR and change management for companies undergoing significant growth and transformation.  Most recently, she served as Managing Partner and Founder of the global consulting boutique, Apt Talent Partners.

Before that Ms. Kelly was Vice President of HR at Cognizant Technology Solutions, an outsourced technology services provider; an Associate Partner at Accenture, an international leader in professional services; Director of HR at Coldwell Banker Relocation Services; and Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at the Bank of New York (now BNY Mellon).  Ms. Kelly began her career as a Training Manager at Macy’s.

“Yodle is one of the few companies in Local to surpass $100 million in revenue while maintaining both high growth and profitability,” said Stephanie Kelly, Chief Human Resources Officer, Yodle.  “I’m excited to join the talented team at Yodle and further ensure that HR is playing a critical role in the company’s success.  By delivering the highest caliber HR service, we’ll provide growth opportunities and development for the best talent in the industry.”

About Yodle
Yodle connects consumers to local businesses simply and cost-effectively. The combination of automated technology and comprehensive customer support makes Yodle easy to use. Yodle’s offering is also ROI-driven: local businesses set a budget for which they receive calls and emails from qualified consumers. Today, Yodle delivers results for more than 35,000 local businesses. To do so, Yodle establishes a comprehensive desktop and mobile web presence, implements unique SEO techniques, and deploys proprietary paid search technology that dynamically optimizes online media buys across multiple desktop and mobile outlets. Yodle’s solution also includes relationship marketing, display advertising, and a simple performance dashboard. Yodle’s competitive advantage is derived from the sheer scale of its local performance data across multiple industries. Yodle is ranked #28 in the Forbes list of America’s most promising companies. For more information, visit www.yodle.com, www.yodle.net, or go to YouTube to see a video of Yodle reviews from our customers.  You can also follow Yodle on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. If you’re interested in working at Yodle, visit the company careers website.

Contact:
Radley Moss
Director of Corporate Communications
Yodle, 212-542-5449
rmoss@yodle.com

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