More eateries opt to close over Lunar New Year

The China Post
Date: January 22, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The five-day workweek law is bringing changes to the food and hospitality industries,

The five-day workweek law is bringing changes to the food and hospitality industries, with some restaurants choosing to close during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays to avoid high overtime payments and some hotels stepping up recruitment to ease labor shortages.

with some restaurants choosing to close during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays to avoid high overtime payments and some hotels stepping up recruitment to ease labor shortages.

The Lunar New Year has been one of the busiest periods offering handsome profits for restaurants.

But some of the restaurants in Taichung have decided to take a break this year because there is no point opening the doors during the holidays when the profits would be eaten up by the over-time pay for the employees, according to the United Daily News.

The new five-day workweek law requires employers to pay their employers more than two times their regular pay when they have to give up their holidays and work.

One hot pot restaurant chain said it was considering closing for the holidays as the hourly pay for part-timers would be more than double the regular level, according the newspaper.    [FULL  STORY]

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