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Labor law must not force uniformity

By Steven Lin 林祖嘉

That way, workers could work more overtime hours during high season without exceeding the total of 144 hours every three months.

The second direction would clearly provide employers and employees with greater flexibility and the “work-hour bank” would be a better solution.

Another possible amendment would revert the rule that workers should have at least 11 consecutive hours of rest between shifts to its previous state, which required eight consecutive hours of rest.

However, such an amendment should be approached with caution.

It is true that companies should be given greater flexibility, but it is tiring for an employee to work for many consecutive days, and insufficient rest between shifts could affect occupational or even public safety.

For example, a bus driver or an airplane pilot is responsible for the safety of potentially hundreds of passengers, so the government must impose strict rules on their rest hours between shifts.

To sum up, from work to overtime and rest hours, the situation varies greatly in different professions. As a result, when the government amends the labor rules, it should display flexibility and should not impose uniformity.

It should discuss its proposals with industrial associations and the union representatives of each sector according to that industry’s characteristics to benefit employers as well as employees.

Steven Lin is an economics professor at National Chengchi University.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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