Legislature approves amendment to labor law

The Legislative Yuan approved the third and final reading of an amendment to the labor law on Tuesday, introducing a five-day work week with one compulsory rest day, one flexible day off and eliminating seven national holidays.

The amendment to the Labor Standards Act was approved after legislators from the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) withdrew en masse from the legislative floor following scuffles between lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the KMT. Several legislators from both parties were injured during the fracas.

The revised labor law cuts the number of national holidays from 19 to 12 per year. It also stipulates that employees will receive three paid days leave after working half a year for the same employer, seven paid days leave after one year, 10 paid days off after two years, 14 paid days leave after three years, 15 paid days off after five years and a further one day leave for every additional year worked up to a maximum of 30 paid days leave a year.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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