SHORTER HOURS?Labor rights advocates described the proposed changes as meaningless, as they would also raise the cap on overtime hours by eight per month
Date: Apr 24, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao and Lii Wen / Staff reporters
The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a proposal that would cut the
workweek to 40 hours, raise the cap on overtime work to 54 hours per month and extend the application of the two days off per week policy across the board.
The proposal, which still has to be approved by the Legislative Yuan, is expected to benefit 3.4 million workers, the Ministry of Labor said.
The proposed amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) would change current regulations defining regular working time as 84 hours every two weeks to 40 hours per week, while raising the maximum limit on overtime work from 46 hours to 54 hours per month to minimize its effect on industries, Minister of Labor Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文) said. [FULL STORY]