Minimum wage hike, new labor rules take effect

Several new policies came into force in Taiwan Saturday, including a hike in the minimum hourly wage and a new labor rule forbidding employers from making workers stay on the job for more than six days in a row.

Starting Saturday, the minimum hourly wage is NT$126 (US$4.01), up from the original NT$120.

According to a decision by the Cabinet last month, the hourly wage will be raised further to NT$133, while the minimum monthly wage will be increased from NT$20,008 to NT$21,009, with effect from Jan. 1, 2017.

Also implemented Saturday was a new regulation requiring workers to have at least one regular day off every seven days.

The regulation stipulates that workers should have a regular day off every seven days, meaning that a worker is not allowed to work for more than six days in a row.

However, there are certain cases in which workers can work for more than six days -- but no more than 12 days -- if they agree to the request of their employers to do so.

This only applies to workers in the meat and poultry industry, and the passenger transportation industry, who may have to work on public holidays or other holidays to provide services to the public and thus may have to work for more than six days in a row.

It also applies to those who work at destinations that take a lot of time to get to, such as remote areas in the mountains and at sea. The third condition covers workers who perform duties overseas or conduct repair work on ships, aircraft or power plants.

The third condition covers workers who perform duties overseas or conduct repair work on ships, aircraft or power plants.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel