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]