I was told by the cram school’s manager that because I am being paid hourly (I was given a contract that does not mention any benefits) I am not entitled to the statutory two months of paid maternity leave. I have worked for them for over two years.
Sounds about right for crappy cram school management.
I suspect they are right since cram schools fall under a different employment rule than other jobs and you are hourly, almost considered a contractor. @tando might be around shortly to clarify
Short answer: buxiban teachers are as entitled to maternity leave as working people in general are. The hourly rate is a red herring, and the manager probably (but not definitely) knows this. But see long answer.
Long answer: see thread linked below.
Thanks a lot. While the contract doesn’t mention any benefits, they pay my health insurance and labor insurance, as well as sponsor my ARC.
My spouse (not Taiwanese) and I went to the City Government Civic Centre and explained my case to a few public defenders and a government officer. We were told that all full-time cram school teachers should be paid their two months of maternity leave, whether salaried or paid hourly.
We’ll be scheduled for a meeting organized by the Labor Department, with the cram school owner sometime next month to discuss what I should have been paid last year when my child was born.
I’m a bit concerned about them trying to make things difficult for me at work while this situation is resolved.
Ironically, they claim that their teachers are paid “hourly”, yet refuse to pay for mandatory meetings which last 15-30 minutes, any audio recordings of books/keywords done for the classes, or lesson planning. Following the advice of another thread here on Formusa, I’ve begun punching in my card for any extra time spent doing anything work-related and taking pictures.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of my rights until recently. Nonetheless, I’m glad I am now more informed.
Free not-legal advice: make a disproportionate fuss about that whenever they play the “you’re not a real employee/worker” line. “How can you say it’s not a relationship of subordination (從屬性) when the plaintiff is forced to use a punch card??”
They’re on very shaky ground, and most likely they do know it.
When the manager asked why I was recording the extra time, I explained that it’s extra time I spend doing work they ask for that needs to be paid for. She said they can’t pay for it otherwise they’d have to pay all the teachers for all the extra work. I nodded, and she proceeded to offer to pay for that extra time herself, instead of getting the company to pay for it. She then said that I will no longer be asked to do lesson plans, recordings, or even attend meetings anymore. That if there is anything absolutely necessary for me to do for them, she would cover it from her pocket.
Should I blow a whistle about this with the other teachers?
wow, you should get audio recording of this. AFAIK, it IS legal to secretly record conversations that u r a part of, but not conversations you are not a part of.
As far as telling coworkers, depends on what u want moving forward, fair pay for YOUR work or to do a Harriet Tubman and free all the cram school slaves.
I actually did secretly record the entire conversation. However, I’m not sure how to move forward with it.
There are other threads about that.
Deal with your own situation first.
I’m sure the law doesn’t make a difference but I almost have the impression that in Taiwan when you are paid hourly you’re almost treated like temp workers…