Taiwan OFWs, Other Migrant Workers May Avail of Paid Leaves

Filipino workers in Taiwan who have been at work for more than a year are now eligible to paid leaves credit, the Manila Economic Cultural Office said Wednesday.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor has promulgated a new regulation granting foreign workers employed for at least a year paid marriage leave, bereavement leave, and personal leave, according to a press release issued by MECO.

This new regulation is in accordance with the Labor Standard Law, the Labor Contract Law and the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, which now cover such workers.

It also stipulates that employers cannot refuse to grant paid vacation and certain other types of leave once the conditions are met. Otherwise, they may be fined NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 (P98,196 to P490,983) and revocation of their permits to hire migrant workers.

Also, the ministry added that if negotiations for mutually acceptable leave period cannot be resolved during urgent work situations, the migrant worker has the right to obtain leave for the required period in line with Taiwan’s Employment Service Act.

MECO Chairman Angelito T. Banayo expressed his thanks to the Taiwan Parliament and the administration of President Tsai Ing Wen for implementing this regulation.

“This new regulation is expected to greatly benefit the 130,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan but more so the families of our countrymen who now can have paid leave time spent with their loved ones,” he said.
“This is an added bonus after the MOL also granted to include foreign workers in the 5% minimum increase early this year.” Banayo said.

The Philippines has the third largest group of migrant workers presently working in Taiwan, where most Filipinos are employed in factories and IT-related assembly plants.

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