Association calls for more paid leave to care for family

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 24, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Labor regulations should be reformed to allow workers to take up to six months of paid leave to arrange for long-term care of family members, the Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers said yesterday.

Arranging for long-term care can be an extremely chaotic process, as families face choices such as doing the caretaking on their own or hiring a foreign caregiver, association president Chen Chen-fen (陳正芬) said.

“Families need time to hold discussions before making a decision,” she said, adding that an average of 180,000 people leave the workforce annually to provide care for family members.

“We hope that the government can provide a kind of work insurance, allowing workers to continue drawing salaries while making arrangements [for long-term care] to help us hold on to much of this lost labor,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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