EXCEPTIONS:The Social Democratic Party yesterday protested to the Ministry of Labor over concerns that ‘flexible work time’ would imperil the promised five-day workweek
Date: Apr 14, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
New legal interpretations by the Ministry of Labor threaten to compromise full implementation of the “one mandatory day off and one flexible rest day” system instituted by the amended Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said yesterday in a protest outside the ministry in Taipei.
“Workers have already seen seven national holidays cut to give way to the ‘one mandatory rest day and one flexible rest day’ system, but the Ministry of Labor is still making adjustments that threaten to change the goal of these reforms,” SDP spokesman Chen Yu-hsin (陳又新) said, alleging that the ministry’s new application of the “flexible work time” regulation would turn reforms into empty promises.
Billed as guaranteeing workers a five-day workweek, the reforms have bolstered overtime regulations by implementing a new weekly “flexible rest day” on top of the existing “mandatory day off.”
The ministry has granted exceptions to some industries, such as trucking, allowing them to use “flexible work hours” to move “rest days” and “days off” across periods of up to eight weeks. [FULL STORY]