I dont want to name the school, as so far I am set to work there and I don’t want to make things worse for myself. And they have said they are not sure yet where I will be placed, but most likely kindergarten.
But what I want to know is am I obligated to fullfill the contract? Even though work has not started? Would there be any legal penalties that they could impose?
Here are some areas of the contract I find questionable:
“2. Employment starts in Summer:
a. Under Class Quota: A new school year starts around September 1st., if the Employee starts working during the month of July and/or August, The School will compensate half of your usual monthly pay (school will assign teaching related/administration work when there are no classes for The Employee to teach), plus $300NT per class.
b. However: If The Employee’s class quota is over 25 periods per week, then The School will pay you your full monthly salary, with no extra class compensation.”" - to me thios sounds like an excuse to with hold half a months salary.
"ii). Less then 10(ten) months of continued service before summer: The School reserves the right to decide if any vacation may be taken according to the employee performance and the needs of The School. " - again very unclear. can the school just decide not to allow vacation for any reason they want?
". Contract Termination: If The Employee desires to terminate The Agreement prior to the aforementioned termination date, The Employee shall forfeit the amount of compensation equivalent to his/her one month’s salary plus (possibly) waive all the above mentioned Bonus. "
Perhaps all of this is standard in Taiwan teaching contracts, but I would just like to be sure I’m not going to find myslef in a tough spot.