There is a recurring ARC issue of concern to Bushiban teachers which is the number of hours they need to stay financially afloat in Taiwan.
In Korea, laws for the issuance of conversational teacher employment visas require 25 hour minimum work week (Mon-Fri, weekends are “overtime pay”), return airline ticket, paid accomodations, and health insurance.
Severance pay after the annual contract is added.
In general, there is broad compliance, but the premiums for health insurance might not be paid.
Taiwan is more culturally tolerant of foreigners, but the financial problems of 15 hour work weeks is a drawback. It should be raised to 25 hours minimum, or the monthly equivalent of USD 1300.00 base pay. If the employers collectively balk at this, then the “Korean standards” of additional costs of housing and airfare should be added by MOFA.
Raise the minimum standards for weekly hours to 25 as part of ARC visa conditions. This will help to reduce the need to violate status. Of course, it won’t really stop ‘second jobs’ on weekends, but the ARC sponsor will have a monopoly of 25 hours weekly.