Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Ministry mulling two-day weekend

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Labor announced on Thursday that it is mulling a proposal to amend the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) to make two-day weekends standard across the private sector beginning in 2016 by defining a 40-hour working week.

A draft for the change might arrive at the legislative floor as soon as the end of this year, it said.

The ministry aims to change the maximum regular working time to 40 hours per week and 8 hours per day.

Upcoming amendments will be focused on changing Article 30 of the act, which currently stipulates that regular working time shall not exceed 84 hours every two weeks. In practice, that means no legal guarantee of a two-day weekend.

Other changes would define a maximum of 12 hours per day in the event that overtime is required, and employers would be limited to allocate workdays into concentrated blocks only as far as eight weeks into the future.

In terms of compensation for days off, employees asked to work on holidays would be entitled either to makeup vacation days or overtime pay within six months’ time, while those asked to work on typhoon days or other days where work is canceled due to hazardous conditions would need to be reimbursed within a week in addition to receiving overtime pay.

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