Thu, Mar 14, 2002 - Page 4 News List

CLA planning to subsidize workers for unpaid leave

By Tsai Ting-I  /  STAFF REPORTER

Employees who take unpaid leave in order to take care of their young children will be entitled to state benefits under plans to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan in September, according to the head of the Council of Labor Affairs yesterday.

To complement the Gender Equality Law, which went into effect last Friday, the CLA plans to provide subsidies to employees who take unpaid leave to look after children under the age of three.

"In order to encourage employees to take leave in order to look after their babies, the CLA has set up a draft to regulate subsidies offering. The draft is expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan in September," said CLA Chairwoman Chen Chu, (陳菊) addressing the Legislative Yuan's Environment and Social Welfare Committee.

Chen said that the council had not decided the value of the benefits, and that this would depend on the government's financial resources.

Article 16 of the law, states that employees who have worked for a company for over a year can apply for unpaid leave to look after their children for a maximum two years until their children are three years' old.

Huang Chyu-kwei (黃秋桂), an official from the council's department of labor standards, however, said that employees who take such unpaid leave before the new bill has been passed by the Legislative Yuan, will not be eligible.

The Law has been unpopular among employers. Many have complained that they lack the resources to implement the law. Some have even said that they will hire fewer female employees.

The Legislative Yuan passed the Law last December. The Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan, however, have both failed to implement the law, since the law put into effective last Friday.

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