The last typhoon to hit Taiwan came down pretty hard in Taichung and did a fair bit of damage throughout the city. The school I work at was also damaged, one of the gates had to be totally replaced and apparently at a great expense.
All the teachers at my school are on salary and we noticed on our pay that there was a deduction of 1933 NT dolllars due to typhoon. We all complained about this and the school is going to refund us the money. Our contracts do not state anything to the fact that the school can deduct our wage if there is a typhoon.
My question is, is it legal for an employer to deduct our wage if we are on salary due to a typhoon? Management has also told us that next year if we all decide to resign our contracts that there will be a clause stating if there is a typhoon we will not be getting paid for those days eventhough we get paid salary. The strange thing about this is that there was a typhoon in July and we did not have to go to work and we did not suffer a deduction in our pay. The only reason we got deducted this time was because the school suffered damages, a severly broken gate. In addition to this the parents who pay tuition at out school still pay the same fee no matter what. So if there is a typhoon three months in a row they don’t get any of there money back for the days missed and on top of that the teachers will be getting pay deducted. This will all be starting next August. It seems like our employer will be taking money from both paties Teacher and Parents.
Another bone of contention is that the Chinese teachers at my school already have this clause in there contract. So they all lost a portion of there pay for the month of August. They only make about have of what the foreign teachers make and they work just as hard if not harder in some cases.
Any thoughts about how to approach this situation would be appreciated. Also if anyone knows what the CLA states about this I would love to hear it.