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).

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