Sara is a partner in the firm’s Employment and Immigration practice. As an all-rounded employment lawyer, Sara handles both litigation, corporate and advisory employment matters.
Her practice not only includes regularly acting for employers in unjust dismissal claims and other employment related contentious matters in all levels of courts in Malaysia, but also extends to providing practical and relevant advice in all areas of employment law, including employment related immigration and tax law. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in handling and advising on human resources matters such as reorganisation and right-sizing, retrenchment and redundancy, closure of business, voluntary and mutual separation schemes, discipline and misconduct, sexual harassment, performance management, employee investigations, trade union recognition and collective bargaining, employee hiring and onboarding, employment documentation and dismissal and termination from employment. Sara also regularly assists and advises on employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, including in relation to advising on transition of employee mechanisms and the holistic integration of employment policies, work culture, and terms and conditions of employment.
Sara was part of the key team of employment lawyers who provided quick and updated advice on the various labour issues that arose out of the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to remote working, flexible working, unpaid leave and forced leave, alterations to terms and conditions of employment such as salary and benefits, mandatory vaccination and processing of sensitive personal data and occupational safety and health obligations in an employment context. Sara also has extensive experience in advising clients on unfair work practices and legal compliance, including in performing labour audits, employment compliance and investigations and employment due diligence.
Recently, Sara’s portfolio has expanded to advising businesses and employers on ESG compliance, specifically in relation to the recruitment and management of foreign labour, unfair labour practices, living and working conditions and compliance with the International Labour Organisation indicators of forced labour and human trafficking as well as Protocol 29.
Sara’s other key practice areas also include general and civil litigation and acting for medical practitioners in negligence and malpractice matters.