More working days, less national holidays


Big protest planned today. Some coworkers were joking they want to join in…


‘Rubber stamp’ is right.


It’s happened again! Taken over!!


Not surprised.


Sorry but I arrived late to the party. What’s going on?



China invaded.
They already left.


Brief but violent scuffle at the gates of the people’s seat of power.


This is more of a general comparison, by a former president of the Taiwan Association in Germany, but it does also make a point about holidays.

The gist:

If every day off were such a great loss for employers, surely the German economy would have stalled long ago.


The amendment passed. More protests, smoke grenades thrown at the LY, one KMT member in hospital… typical day in Taiwan, I guess. :idunno:

What’s next? A proposal to start annual leave at 3 days after 6 months instead of 7 days after 1 year (iirc) but then keep it at 3 days until after 2 years, or something.

Also, there was a proposal to add an Article 78-1 to make fines proportional to company size, but apparently what will happen instead is an amendment to Art. 79 to give the government discretion on whether or not to increase the fines.

And it’s nice to see that some people care enough to condemn the violence.

(Sorry to keep posting TT articles. It’s just that I’m usually too busy to read more than one Taiwanese newspaper.)


What’s the difference with the old annual leave policy?


There’s no date on this story. I clicked on the link and it was dead.
I’m not really aware of the current working hours situation right now because as a cram school tutor, I work when work and school are out :frowning:

But the story you posted seems familiar. When came to Taiwan,it was on a six and a half day work week. For us cram school workers it meant every evening Monday to Friday and Saturday from about lunch time to Dinner. It was just like Israel!

Then we went from every Saturday on to every other Saturday.
Eventually our two day weekend was granted but parents still wanted their kids in school and they wanted plenty of drilling and homework.
Now, it seems the parents don’t want their kids in school and they are reluctant to force their kids to do homework.
National Holidays affect our family since my wife is a government worker but the people in private businesses still have to work to get paid.


They still have different holidays for different groups I guess.

Good job DPP.

You suck balls.


The current minimum standard for annual leave (called special leave in Chinese) is 0 days for the first year, 7 days for the second year, and after that increasing slowly according to how long you’ve worked for the same employer. There’s a thread about it somewhere.


If you’re supposed to be covered by the Labor Standards Act, and buxiban teachers are (though maybe not since you first arrived, if you’ve been around that long), but you still need to work on holidays to get paid, then it sounds like you have an employer who’s either confused or (more likely) rotten. To be fair, some people in the government are confused about holidays (or pretend to be), but the law is clear enough imo.


Press release from the MOL:


Approximately 50% of workers have not reached 5 years of seniority in their current jobs. This amendment [from the TT article I thought it was a separate amendment] will change annual leave to the following:

0.5 years: 3 days (up from 0)
2 years: 10 days (up from 7 [which is currently awarded after 1 year])
3 years: 14 days (up from 10)
5 years: 15 days (up from 14)
10 years: 1 extra day for each year, max. total 30 days

Measures will be taken to reduce incidents of annual leave not being granted/paid.

Other stuff in the press release:

  • One of the weekly rest days is flexible, with overtime pay.
  • Holidays are now synchronized for the public and private sectors! Hooray! [Except that they’re not…]
  • When wages are paid, employers must provide the details of how they were calculated.
  • Shift workers must have at least 11 hours off between shifts.
  • Complaints about firings, demotions, salary reductions etc. will result in written responses to the complainants within 60 days, and their identities will be kept secret. [Complainants’ identities are already supposed to be confidential unless the complainants agree otherwise, so presumably this means either that they’re strengthening the confidentiality to prevent leaks, or they’re removing the option to consent to the information being revealed.]
  • For violations regarding wages and working hours, the maximum penalty will be raised to $1,000,000. And for large companies with serious violations involving large numbers of people, the maximum will be raised by 50%.


1 million … ntd.


Oh good lordy

I don’t have those annual leave…

I need more typhoons to have day-off