This might belong in the legal section, mods, feel free to move it.
I’m looking for a little advice, hoping someone here knows their Taiwanese contract law and might have some idea of what I can do.
So, after a couple years in Kaohsiung, I moved to Taipei in Aug. Looked around for a job, and after prospects grew increasingly dim, finally signed at place that looked decent. Mostly signed there because I talked to the manager a fair bit, and she seemed to really have her head on straight, well organized and all that.
Three weeks later, it’s becoming very apparent that the school is horribly organized, and the owner (not the manager) is really only in it for the money, doesn’t speak much English, isn’t willing to buy new materials to replace the horribly inappropriate ones we’re forced to use now. And apparently she pays full in cash, with no word on what’s to be done about taxes.
And then the other day the manager (who I like) told me she’s leaving in three weeks, partly because she doesn’t enjoy working there and she’s too busy. She also warned me that teachers get fired a lot there, for things like kids not liking them, and that my hours would probably be cut dramatically during the winter and summer vacation months. Despite my contract saying I get 14/week. Basically, from the boss who appears wholly indifferent to what goes on in class to the poor level of organization and the manager who’s got her head on right leaving… I’m not sure I’d be happy working there. I could handle it I suppose, but I’m looking into my options.
So anyway : I had my ARC/work permit through my old job in kaohsiung, and i signed the contract at this place on sept. 11. This current place is still putting together my application for the work visa and arc, ie, my health check is done, but I haven’t handed it in to them, and they need a couple other documents from me I haven’t handed in yet.
My contract says if I leave mid-semester I have to pay NT$20k, but I’m not sure if that’s all that enforceable given that they aren’t sponsoring my ARC and all. Do I have the ability to just tell her “hey, this isn’t working out here for me, before you apply for that work permit, let’s just cancel the contract and move on”? And if she demands the 20k, am I obliged to pay it? Is it legal for them to pay me fully in cash and expect me to take care of my own taxes? I’ve never heard of that before…
Basically, if it’s a huge hassle to get out of the contract, I may as well just continue on and give up expectations of actually teaching anything in class. The students know I have no institutional support behind me, so they’re little animals in class, and there’s not much I can do. I actually do enjoy being in a classroom and teaching, but this ain’t teaching.
Sorry it’s so long… any ideas folks?