Mon, Nov 19, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Temporary government workers get new benefits

POLICY Regulations for severance pay, retirement and minimum hourly wage that once applied only to full-time workers will apply to temporary workers as well

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) said yesterday that it will soon start informing government organizations at all levels of new rights for temporary government employees provided by the Labor Standard Act (勞基法) starting in January.

Lan Fwu-liang (藍福良), director of the council's department of labor standards, said yesterday that the policy was implemented to safeguard the interests of temporary employees.

The policy has already been approved by the Executive Yuan. A report published in the United Daily News yesterday indicated that Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lu Tien-lin (盧天麟) has confirmed the information.

Once the new policy takes effect, regulations regarding severance pay, sexual discrimination, retirement funds and minimum hourly wage will be applied to cases with government-recruited temporary workers, Lu said.

Lu was also quoted in the report as saying that the council is scheduled to announce the new policy next month after it finishes all of the complementary measures.

The report further estimated that about 78,000 temporary government workers will benefit from the implementation of the measure.

While the same report questioned whether the new policy will be a financial burden to government organizations, Lan said that the measure will increase personnel costs by approximately NT$420 million (US$12.9 million).

Lan said employers are obligated to pay employees for working extra hours, and local government organizations could also choose to give temporary workers compensatory days-off instead.

Lan also said that the measure will not damage the civil service system, as one still has to take national examinations before securing the official qualifications to become a civil servant.

Lan emphasized that temporary employees are restrained by the terms of the agreement listed in their labor contracts, which should also be protected by the Labor Standards Act.

According to Lan, the council will establish a special taskforce to help government organizations cope with issues generated through the execution of the new policy.

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