According to the amendments to the Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act, starting from today, workers are allowed to take their annual leave in accordance with five different systems. Most importantly, if workers fail to use up their annual leave by the end of the year, employers have to pay twice as much as their daily wage for one day's annual leave.
On Jun.16, the Ministry of Labor announced amendments to the Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act. This was the largest number of amendments over the past 32 years, in which 16 articles were amended. The most important amendment is that ways to calculate annual leave are extended.
==HSIEH CHIEN-CHIEN Dept. of Labor Standards and Equal Employment Dir, MOL==
The annual year system starts its calculation of annual leave from the on-board date. Other annual leave calculating systems include the calendar year system, fiscal year system, school year system, and a negotiated system between employers and employees.
Two new methods to calculate annual leave were added, in response to requests from educational units and companies. Now there are five methods to calculate annual leave. For example, the annual year system allows workers to take three days off and seven days off after working in the company for half a year and one year, respectively. Workers whose on board date is July 1, 2017, are allowed to take another 3.5 days off proportionally by the end of the year in the calendar year system. This means that the original seven days off in the annual year system are distributed into the following year. Workers can take 6.5 days off in 2017, and use the other 3.5 days annual leave in 2018. The school year system, which starts from August, also uses a proportional system.
==MS. YU member of the public==
Different calculation systems may appear the same. However, some of your annual leave may have been taken away from the company in this way.
==MR. LIN member of the public==
I take days off according to the days my company gives me.
The Ministry of Labor also said that employers have to pay their employees if they fail to use up their annual leave by the end of the year. Employers should pay twice as much as the daily wage for one day's annual leave in 30 days after the pay day or year-end. However, some people think that the amendment may cause confusion, since measures to calculate annual leave are now more complex. Workers may not be aware of the situation, and so will not know if their annual leave is taken away by the company.
TRANSLATED BY ARIEL HSIEH
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