Thu, Dec 26, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Government steps in to resolve contract disputes


The Council of Labor Affairs announced yesterday it will publish a handbook to help workers and employers understand the "revol-ving-door" contract better, as labor disputes are increasingly the result of such kinds of contract, it said.

Private companies, in particular, are asking their employees to sign revolving-door contracts to protect their own interests, the Labor Affairs Council said.

To solve the problem, it will publish a handbook to help employers and employees understand these types of contracts better. Revolving-door contracts should be signed with the condition both sides agree, the council said.

Lee Lai-chi (李來希), director of the council's Labor and Capital Department, said his office had completed a draft version of the handbook, but needed another month to coordinate opinions from various workers' and employers' associations.

The draft handbook states only employees who have access to the commercial secrets of a company need to sign such a contract.

It also makes a list of items employers should offer in return for employees agreeing not to work for companies in the same industry. Also, the handbook gives figures for appropriate fines that employees must pay if they break the contract.

An example of an inappropriate revolving-door contract -- according to the Labor Affairs Council -- is the United Daily News, which has asked its employees to sign a contract stating that employees will not work for any media organizations in the year after they leave the company.

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