The employers, including mine , ask local employees to sign up to some bullshit ‘fake time management system’ to avoid any overtime payment . I’ve never received any overtime payment in Taiwan and I don’t expect I ever will. I mean I could insist on it but there’s going to be a bunch of repercussions (I have more flexitime type hours anyway ).
It is my experience that everyone, regardless of nationality, loves to whine about work but do nothing about it.
It has also come to my attention that most Taiwanese do not know their rights. In the US, OSHA requires posters to be put up where employees can see them, like in bathrooms or break rooms. You have few rights as a salaried employee in the US, but people working in fast food and high school kids can easily see what their rights are, often on the bathroom stall door. When I bring up that unpaid overtime is illegal, my coworkers (Taiwanese and not) all say that the contract they signed says they will not be paid overtime. They have a difficult time grasping the fact that a contract that forces you to accept law-breaking is not enforceable in court. But they dare not speak up for fear of not having a job at the end of the day. So the cycle continues. The LSA is the bare minimum standards for all workers in Taiwan, but the overwhelming majority of workers in Taiwan don’t understand that it probably applies to them and action would be taken if they just spoke up
yea, probably blue states have higher salaries while red have lower… Federal min wage is really bad considering it’s the US and costs are sky high, still 7.25 an hour, you really can’t live anywhere in the US except some small town (where min. wage is all you’ll ever get) on that wage. Plus Taiwan’s 160nt per hour wage is really catching up to that 7.25.
But Taiwan’s LSA seems to be full of loopholes, or ways it does not apply to you, etc., likely intentional. I get the sense Taiwan government generally protect the owner class more than the worker class.
Sorry, let me clarify. 勞工/worker legally means a person who works for an employer (what would otherwise in most cases be called a 受僱人/employee) under a 勞動契約/labor contract, which means under the Labor Standards Act. The definitions are in LSA Art. 2 Subpar. 2 and 6, but because the LSA doesn’t apply universally, the primary indicator of whether or not someone is a worker is actually whether or not the business entity falls within the scope of LSA Art. 3, the article that lists the applicable industries, and when it’s Art. 3 Par. 1 Subpar. 8 you need to scour the MOL’s website to find the list of everything in the “other” category, which includes buxibans. It annoyingly also includes private schools but not all private school teachers.
An employee is usually a worker and vice-versa, but not always.