As Tropical Storm Talim approaches Taiwan, the Council of Labor Affairs is calling for the legislature to pass a draft amendment to an act that would allow workers to get paid leave on typhoon days so they can stay at home and take care of their children.
The council called on both governing and opposition party lawmakers to speed through the draft amendment passage it has proposed to the country’s Gender Equality in Employment Act (性別工作平等法), to protect the rights of workers.
It said in a statement it “strongly hopes” that the scheme can become law “as soon as possible” with the approach of the typhoon season.
The draft amendment was proposed on Sept. 21 last year and stipulates that workers with children under the age of 12, or children enrolled in elementary or lower level schools, be allowed to take paid family leave when the government announces the closure of schools, but not offices.
The proposed scheme would also cover employees with children with disabilities who are enrolled in junior and senior high schools and vocational schools.
Currently, workers with young children are allowed to take family leave to take care of their children in the case of natural disasters, such as a typhoon. However, they are not paid for the time they take off.
Civil servants in the country get five days of paid family care leave each year while other workers can take up to seven days of family leave annually, but without pay.