I’m happy in my current job, but my contract states if I quit the job before the 2 year contract ends that I must pay a 20,000NT fine to the school. This sound weird to me, but is it actually legal? Could they enforce it?
August 10, 2018, 10:48am
Similar questions are asked and answered many times.
I’m assuming you have a normal work permit (with an ARC) and work at a buxiban that has an attached kindergarten. If that’s the case, you should refuse to set foot in the kindergarten, and you should document any attempt to order you to work there. (For a long explanation of the legal issues involved in kindergarten classes, click here:
Work Rules For English Teachers)
If they merely suggest, “Oh btw, we heard about an opportunity for extra work at some other school… What’s that? It’s a kinder…
Far enough into the 1980’s – I love it!
To answer Sui’s questions to the best of my knowledge:
Are fines for lateness legal?
If they’re proportional, they should be. There’s also the full attendance bonus. Here’s a legal quirk: if the monthly salary is only the Basic Wage (i.e. less than what most white collar foreigners earn), and the attendance bonus is included in the salary (so it’s not really a bonus), that’s still legal, but deducting the imaginary “bonus” is illegal (unless i…
August 10, 2018, 11:04pm
It’s legal if they don’t deduct it from your salary, but their lawyer would charge more than that, so they won’t sue you unless you
really piss them off.
You may be able to find a legitimate reason to leave early.
It’s not actually an illegal clause, but they may either misunderstand how labor law works or try to mislead you about it (or both).
Assuming your job is subject to the Labor Standards Act, there are basically four ways to terminate:
employer terminates with advance notice (Art. 11)
employer terminates without advance notice (Art. 12)
worker terminates without advance notice (Art. 14)
worker terminates with advance notice (Art. 15)
Art. 11 requires a condition like the employer being in fina…
September 19, 2018, 3:55am
Depends on how it is written, and like
@yyy said, they don’t deduct it from your salary. If the $20,000 is for the cost involved in training you, and they want to recuperate that cost should you fail to stay for more that one year, then this may be enforceable. If the $20,000 is for ‘breaking’ your contract, the company may find this harder to enforce.