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Taiwan January 2012 Public Holidays Confusion

Source: The China Post (Taipei)
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) and Central Personnel Administration (CPA) are at odds concerning the recently-announced January 2 and 3, 2012, one-off public holidays.

In late September (2011-09-29), Taiwan's Central Personnel Administration (CPA) had published its list of 2012 public holidays, subdivided into: Weekends, Statutory and general national holidays, Particular Parties' Days, and Makeup holidays.

That list did not include a day in lieu public holiday on January 2, 2012, despite ongoing hearings (2010-12-13 and 2010-05-22) in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan's Judiciary, Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, proposing that national public holidays which fall on a weekend should be compensated by a Friday or Monday additional public holiday.

However, earlier this month (2011-12-14), Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced an additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, January 2, 2012, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of China. In addition, a public sector holiday and bank and financial sector holiday was declared on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, for all public offices, financial institutions and stock markets.

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