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Taiwan Public Holidays Reduction Rammed Through Committee

Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration (Taipei)
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in an apparent break with its promise before coming to power last May 20, has rammed through legislative committee, 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, as is already the case for civil servants and the many service businesses that already follow a five-day work week.

The aforementioned amendment to the Labor Standards Act, now pushed by the recently-inaugurated Tsai administration, would 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, and early last spring (2016-03-29), the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee of Taiwan's Legislative Assembly sent back the proposed amendments, to the general assembly with a recommendation that it reject it, and the following month (2016-04-10), Taiwan's legislative general assembly approved the aforementioned resolution of the Health and Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee to reject the preceding Taiwanese administration's proposed amendments to the Labor Standards Act.

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.

The draft amendment to the Labor Standards Act will now go into inter-party reconciliation before going to the floor of the full Legislature.



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