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Getting overtime for after-hours assignments remains a challenge

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 17 May, 2019
By: John Van Trieste

Getting compensation for after-hours overtime work remains difficult in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, messaging app Line is perhaps the most popular way to keep in touch with people. But for many workers, it’s also a source of dread- an easy way for bosses to give out extra assignments even after the workday is over.

According to government rules, this extra work qualifies as overtime, but even the most litigious workers will find that actually getting paid is a challenge.

For many workers in Taiwan, the workday doesn’t stop with the end of business hours. Even after they go home, many will have to deal with a stream of messages from their bosses about extra work that still needs to be done.

This extra work should count as overtime, and the rules about payments are clear: time and a third for the first two hours of work and time and two-thirds for every hour after that. Companies that don’t pay up can be fined up to NT$1 million (US$32,000).

MAC poll shows majority in Taiwan disapprove of China’s threats

Taiwan Today
Date: May 17, 2019

The latest MAC poll shows that the vast majority of respondents disapprove of China’s threats and ongoing campaign of coercion against Taiwan. (UDN)

The overwhelming majority of people in Taiwan oppose China’s military threats and ongoing efforts to suppress the country’s international space, according to a poll released May 16 by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council.

Around 82 percent of respondents said such actions undermine the cross-strait status quo, as well as regional peace and stability. A total of 88 percent view China barring Taiwan from the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the World Health Organization as jeopardizing the well-being and human rights of the people.

In addition, 84 percent reject the “one China, two systems” approach proposed by Beijing, and 89 percent believe only the 23 million people of Taiwan have the right to determine the nation’s future and direction of cross-strait ties.

Around 84 percent disapprove of China’s ongoing campaign of coercion against Taiwan involving the use of dollar diplomacy in poaching allies. A total of 82 percent disagree with Beijing’s attempts to destabilize local society and achieve unification through manipulating the media and spreading disinformation.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese stars A-mei, Jolin Tsai react to passage of same-sex marriage law

Taiwanese singer A-mei says she was moved to tears after passage of same-sex marriage law

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/17
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Images from @aMEI.feat.AMIT Facebook page.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Top Taiwanese entertainers, including A-mei (張惠妹) and Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), have reacted with joy on social media in response to today’s (May 17) passage of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law, the first such law in Asia.

Today, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after 66 of 93 present legislators voted in favor of four key articles guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry. Singers Ailing Tai (戴愛玲) and Sean Lin (林俊逸) joined the estimated 25,000 supporters waiting eagerly outside the Legislative Yuan to hear the result, reported Apple Daily.

At around 1 p.m. this afternoon when it was announced outside of the Legislative Yuan that Article 4 had passed including the “marriage registration” clause, the crowd cheered. Tai shouted out, “I wish that all lovers can be married, because too many comrades and friends are beginning to worry about sending out red envelopes. It could be a lot. But as long as everyone can enjoy equal rights, that’s what I hope most,” according to the report.

Lin then said, “All human rights movements in history have been full of obstacles and even bloody storms. Between privacy rights and human rights, many legislators risked losing votes and chose to stand with human rights and I choose to stand with human rights. I sincerely thank and admire them.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei to bid for 2030 Asiad: mayor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/17
By: Liang Pei-chi and Emerson Lim

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲, right)

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Taipei is planning to launch a bid for the 2030 Asian Games and may seek Beijing’s “understanding” of Taipei’s intentions, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Friday.

Taipei has the ability to host the Asiad following the success of the 2017 Summer Universiade held in Taipei, Ko said on the sidelines of the 2019 Taipei Tourism Exposition.

“Taiwan should go global and should not be restricted to one place all the time,” Ko said, noting that the city’s Sports Department is already drafting a plan for the bid.

The mayor, who is likely to make a run for president in 2020, will visit Japan for four days beginning on May 23, and he is scheduled to visit the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to help Taipei prepare a 2030 Asiad bid. [FULL  STORY]

Weedkiller’s use defended

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A weedkiller at the center of a lawsuit in the US is used in Taiwan, but is barred from use outside of farms, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Deputy Director-General Chou Hui-chuan (鄒慧娟) said on Tuesday.

Glyphosate was used extensively in Taiwan last year, with 1,337 tonnes applied, Chou said.

A jury in California on Monday returned a verdict awarding US$2 billion in damages to a couple who alleged that Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup caused their cancer. It was the largest US jury verdict against the German chemical giant in litigation over glyphosate.

Chou said that, in the litigation against Bayer, the weedkiller was not used on farmland, but on campuses and residential areas.    [FULL  STORY]

No cases of hepatitis E virus found in Taiwan: CDC

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 16 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are no cases of the hepatitis E virus

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) deputy head Lo Yi-chun

in Taiwan.

Since the first case of mouse-transmitted disease was reported in Hong Kong last September, there have been five confirmed cases there with one fatality. Canada has also reported a case which was transmitted from Africa.

However, CDC deputy head Lo Yi-chun says authorities are still on the lookout for the possible spread of the virus. That’s because one Hong Kong patient visited Taiwan in January and the virus has an incubation period of anywhere from 15 to 64 days.

Lo says that while there are no vaccines for hepatitis E, the disease is treatable with medication.    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai vows to strengthen Taiwan-EU ties for future success at Europe Day banquet

Taiwan Today
Date: May 16, 2019

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) is joined by Madeleine Majorenko (right), head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan, and ECCT Chairman Giuseppe Izzo in toasting strong Taiwan-EU ties at the Europe Day banquet May 15 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of Presidential Office)

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 15 that Taiwan is committed to working even closer with the EU in strengthening exchanges and creating more opportunities for the people of both sides and throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Taiwan and the EU are natural partners and share synergies in potential-laden sectors such as digital economy, energy and transportation, Tsai said. As bastions of freedom, democracy and human rights, they will collaborate in devising innovative approaches to tackling unprecedented challenges and threats posed by authoritarian regimes, she added.

Tsai made the remarks at the Europe Day banquet organized by the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan in Taipei City.

According to Tsai, thriving two-way ties are underscored by bilateral trade of more than US$57 billion last year and annual growth of 7 percent since 2016. EU investment in Taiwan soared 51 percent from three years ago to a record high of US$51 billion in 2018, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

Canada raises quota for working holiday visas for Taiwanese to record high

Quota has been raised from 1,000 to 1,250 for 2019

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/16
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

(Image courtesy of Pixabay)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Canadian authorities have decided to increase the quota on working holiday visas offered to Taiwanese young adults from 1,000 to 1,250 for the year of 2019, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday (May 16).

Canada’s Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship informed MOFA on May 9 that it would provide an extra quota of 250 working holiday visas in addition to the original 1,000 per year to Taiwan, said Regine Chen (陳慧蓁), a senior official at MOFA handling North American affairs, during a press briefing on Thursday.

The news shows that the performance of Taiwanese young adults in Canada has been recognized by the Canadian authorities, which are therefore willing to deepen people-to-people exchanges with Taiwan, Chen added.

Taiwan and Canada inked the reciprocal agreement on granting working holiday visas in 2010, and the annual quota of visas granted to each respective country has been maintained at 1,000 since 2011.    [FULL  STORY]

DPP submits same-sex relationship bill amendment

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/16
By: Stacy Hsu

CNA file photo

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus Thursday submitted a “motion to amend” the Executive Yuan’s draft same-sex relationship bill that removes the term “same-sex marriage” and will be voted on Friday.

The DPP caucus’ motion was submitted by DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) during a meeting between 53 party lawmakers and several Cabinet officials, including Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥), Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) and others, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯‧尤達卡) told reporters.

“(The DPP caucus version was proposed) because many groups have fixated on terms such as (same-sex) marriage in the public debates,” Kolas said.

“As it seems these knots cannot be untied, we feel it would be better to make minor revisions to related wording if as a result the bill is acceptable to supporters of DPP regional lawmakers, while not affecting the legal right of same-sex couples to register their marriage,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

Two detained in Kaohsiung bomb case

CRITICAL CONDITION: An interior design company owner was admitted to hospital with burns covering about 60 percent of his body after opening a package left for him

Taipei Times
Date: May 17, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Police yesterday detained two suspects for questioning in relation to a letter bomb

CCTV footage shows a man surnamed Tai, a suspect in a mail bomb case, carrying a box in Kaohsiung on Tuesday.Photo: Copy by Huang Liang-chieh, Taipei Times

explosion in Kaohsiung that severely injured an interior design company owner surnamed Feng (馮), with preliminary investigations indicating that it was likely because of a financial dispute.

A woman surnamed Chung (鍾), 42, and a man surnamed Tai (戴), 62, were detained and later listed as suspects after raids in Pingtung and New Taipei City.

After being transferred to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office for questioning, Chung is facing attempted murder and related charges.

A bail court judge granted prosecutors’ their request to detain Chung on restricted communication, while Tai was taken to Kaohsiung for questioning last night.