Pets on the job OK
Nearly half of Taiwanese companies allow their employees to bring pets to work, according to a survey published yesterday. The 1111 Job Bank, a career consultancy, posted a questionnaire on the Internet asking people if they were allowed to bring pets to work. Among the 900 respondents to the questionnaire, 42 percent said they were allowed to do so. However, some bosses request that pets be locked up, especially when there are visitors in the office, while other bosses allow pets at the work place only on "Pet Day," the survey said. The survey found that taking pets to the workplace can stimulate conversation for employees and ease work pressure. Some people dislike the practice but put up with the noise and smell of pets to avoid hurting colleagues' feelings.
City committee meets
Eighty members of a Kaohsiung committee met yesterday in an attempt to chart a future development course for the city. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) chaired the meeting, whose members represented government agencies and a wide spectrum of the business and academic communities. Chen urged the committee members to brainstorm concrete, workable strategies to benefit Kaohsiung's economy. She said a new development course was needed for the city to adapt to a new era and soften the impact of globalization. Proposals discussed at the meeting included providing incentives to encourage companies to set up production bases in three industrial parks in the areas of software, logistics and aviation.
Expats can get Swiss license
Taiwanese expatriates in Switzerland with a valid Taiwanese driving license can now obtain a Swiss license without taking any tests, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said yesterday. Liu Yi-min (劉宜民), director-general of the Department of European Affairs, said the government established an agreement with the Swiss government on the reciprocal recognition of driver's licenses late last month after more than two years of consultations. Liu said the reciprocal recognition of driver's licenses in the absence of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Switzerland has improved the substantial relations between the two countries. Ministry officials said the Taiwan-Switzerland agreement is different from another one forged recently between Taiwan and Japan that targets tourists. Under the Taiwan-Switzerland agreement, Republic of China nationals residing in Switzerland who are aged 18 or over and who have a Taiwanese license can obtain a Swiss license, the officials said.
Shun fake goods, NPA says
The National Policy Agency (NPA) urged consumers yesterday not to buy counterfeit products. An agency spokesman made the call after a recent police crack down to tackle counterfeiting. Despite this police have been unable to root out the problem, the spokesman said, calling for "consumers' self-discipline." Earlier this month the agency launched a national anti-pirate operation to halt the manufacture, sale and smuggling of counterfeit goods, conducting raids of night markets, shopping centers, factories and warehouses. The agency said 402 suspects had been arrested and products worth more than NT$400 million (US$12.12 million) seized.