By: Central News Agency
Several new regulations take effect in Taiwan on Jan. 1, including higher monthly and hourly minimum wages, an increase in the number of annual leave days for workers, and more stringent food labeling regulations.
The monthly minimum wage in Taiwan will be increased from NT$20,008 (US$618) to NT$21,009 with effect from Jan. 1, while the hourly minimum wage will be increased from NT$126 to NT$133. The wage increases are expected to extend to about 1.62 million employees.
An amendment to the Labor Standards Act will also be implemented, mandating a five-day work week for all workers in Taiwan who are covered by the Act and reducing the number of annual national holidays from 19 to 12 days to partly offset the reduction in work hours. [FULL STORY]