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Taiwan Public Holidays Amendments Promulgated

Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration (Taipei)
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 6, 2017


The amendments to the Labor Standards Act implementing a five-day workweek and an overall reduction of the number of annual public holidays in Taiwan from 19 to 12, passed by Taiwan's Legislative Assembly earlier this month, were promulgated by Taiwan's Presidential Office earlier today.

The aforementioned amendment to the Labor Standards Act, which went into inter-party reconciliation before going to the floor of the full Legislature, a couple of months ago (2016-10-06), was then passed by Taiwan's Legislative Assembly earlier this month (2016-12-07), and which will become effective on December 23, 2016, according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL), reduce Taiwan's statutory holidays from 19 to 12 a year, to compensate for a universal 40-hour work week, in almost perfect parallel to a similar set of amendments that the previous Taiwanese government introduced to the legislature a year ago (2015-10-15), to take effect in June 2016.

Those amendments were controversial from day one, with the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Assembly sending back the proposed amendments to the general assembly with a recommendation that it reject it (2016-03-29), and Taiwan's legislative general assembly voting to reject these amendments (2016-04-10).

The new DDP administration, elected in January 2016, but only inaugurated on May 20, 2016, had promised to reverse the proposed reduction in the number of national holidays for those that were not in the civil service or working in the many service businesses that already follow a five-day work week.



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