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MWKA Online Talks

The Do’s and Don’ts of Retrenchment
Wednesday, 15 September 2021  |  3:00pm - 4:00pm


Naveen Joshua, Jasmine Wong

About this talk

Many companies are experiencing severe cash flow difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns imposed by the government. In order to survive, employers may be forced to retrench their employees as they restructure their businesses to adapt to the current economic crisis. Join us for this online talk in which our speakers will explain what needs to be considered by employers in a retrenchment exercise and the court’s approach in deciding whether the retrenchment exercises amount to unfair dismissal.

The talk will be delivered over video conference using You can either view the talk from your web browser or the Zoom app (download the app here).

Talk Points

  • Understanding retrenchment
  • Retrenchment process done properly
  • Process flaws resulting in unfair dismissal
  • Court’s approach to retrenchment 


Naveen Joshua graduated with a Second Class Honours (Division 1) in Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom in 2014. He completed his Certificate in Legal Practice in 2015. Naveen subsequently read in the chambers of Bodipalar Ponnudurai De Silva and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in April 2017. Upon his admission to the Malaysian Bar, Naveen had joined the National Union of Bank Employees
as an Industrial Relations Consultant and subsequently PALANI, where he joined as a Legal Assistant.

He had later on joined Messrs Gregory, Yusran & Associates as a Legal Associate. Naveen had began his professional career by being heavily involved in employment disputes in which he has dealt with dismissal cases, trade union disputes, collective agreement and collective bargaining. Naveen also has experiences in general litigation which includes but not limited to contractual disputes, joint divorce petitions and also debt recovery.

Naveen joined MahWengKwai & Associates as an Associate of the Employment Practice Group in August 2021.


Jasmine Wong graduated with a Second Class Honours (Division I) in Bachelor of Laws from Aberystwyth University, Wales in 2015 and completed her Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in 2016. She gained her legal experience as a paralegal for a year before commencing her pupillage in MahWengKwai & Associates under the guidance of its Managing Partner, Raymond Mah.

Jasmine was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in October 2017. Upon admission to the Malaysian Bar, she began her practice in MahWengKwai & Associates as an Associate in 2017.

Jasmine continues her practice with MahWengKwai & Associates in general litigation, particularly in citizenship, adoption, medical negligence and employment laws. Jasmine regularly provides advice to clients on various employment and industrial relations issues and represents clients in unfair dismissal claims.    

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