Hi! I wanted to ask a few questions about contracts in Taiwan and how they are governed by the Labor Standards Act. My concerns mainly relate to time off and sick day allowances. My employer used to offer sick days, and I have heard of many others doing so as well. About a year ago my employer rescinded all sick days, paid leave, and cut everybody’s salary by about 20% (not a popular move…). When asked about the sick days he simply stated that he did not have to give them to us so would not…
Anyway, a year has passed and I am now the manager here and have gotten to thinking about this. I contacted the ofice of labor affairs and they then informed me that employees at buxi-bans are entitled to 30 sick days leave per year. In addition they are entitled to 14 days leave for “personal affairs”. They stated that the “personal” leave would be unpaid, but that sick leave would receive half-pay.
They also stated that all contracts should state that said contract is governed by the Labor standards act. In my experience I have never seen a teachign contract in Taiwan that states that it is covered by this act.
Would anyone please care to comment on the statements above. Is this accurate? Has anyone ever received 30 days worth of sick leave from their employer?