Date: Jul 07, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Premier Mao Chi-kuo’s (毛治國) proposal to grant paid leave to civil servants who are
the immediate relatives of victims of the Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸) fire, and the Executive Yuan’s Directorate-General of Personnel Administration’s (DGPA) confirmation yesterday of the measure’s legality, have prompted debate about the fairness and appropriateness of the government’s actions.
The DGPA yesterday said that civil servants who are the immediate relatives of victims are entitled to 15 days of paid leave in accordance with the Operation Regulations on the Suspension of Offices and Classes in times of Natural Disasters (天然災害停止上班及上課作業辦法).
Including the five days of paid family care leave granted by the regulations on civil servants’ leave of absence, civil servants with immediate relatives injured in the water park dust explosion and resulting fire are entitled to a total of 20 days paid leave, the agency said.
Thirty-five victims’ families would benefit from the measure, according to the agency. [FULL STORY]