Ramen chain lodges police report after online backlash on HR policies

KUALA LUMPUR: The popular ramen chain that came under fire from social media over its controversial human resources (HR) policies has lodged a report on the matter.

However, the chain, when contacted by New Straits Times, declined to disclose further details of the report.

"So we cannot answer your question," it said in a brief email in response to a query that it imposed penalties on workers that allegedly breached labour laws.

Earlier today, it was reported that the ramen chain was criticised for allegedly imposing sick leave fees and other arbitrary penalties on its staff for conduct breaches.

A social media user yesterday voiced out dissatisfaction and shared a photo of the list of responsibilities for staff and the fines they need to pay if they did certain things.

The post went viral on multiple social networking platforms with many urging authorities to take action.

According to the posting, the food and beverage business imposed penalty fees that range between RM30 to RM500.

While some conduct breaches are expected, netizens said others such penalties for a toilet break and sick leave were shocking and unethical.

The controversy has sparked a debate about the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers.

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