Bill proposed to make unpaid family care leave paid

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-05-16
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A legislator said Monday he had proposed a bill to amend the inequality between “family care

file photo: DPP Legislator Chung Kung-cha

file photo: DPP Legislator Chung Kung-cha

leave” awarded to laborers and that awarded to civil servants.

Currently, local laborers can take up to seven days of unpaid family care leave. By comparison, civil servants can also take up to seven days of family care leave, of which five days are paid.

With cases of Enterovirus on the rise, several legislators Monday raised questions about the inequality between the different treatments. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chung Kung-chao said he had proposed a draft bill to address the inequality.

Citing a manpower utilization survey conducted by the Director-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Taiwan’s private sector hires a total of about 1.67 million laborers who have at least one child under the age of 12. If the seven-day unpaid family care leave becomes paid, it is an additional cost of NT$13.538 billion.      [FULL  STORY]

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