Government lauds latest labor law amendment

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Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明)CNA file photo

Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明)CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) The government will continue its efforts to promote and better protect labor rights in the wake of a new amendment to Taiwan's Labor Standards Act being passed by the Legislative Yuan, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said Wednesday.

Following an 18-hour provisional session and a vote, the Legislative Yuan approved earlier that day the third and final reading of the latest amended labor law.

From March 1, employees will be able to work 54 hours of overtime per month, up from the previous 46 hours, with a cap of 138 hours over a three-month period.

This was the second major revision of the labor law under the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after an earlier amendment, which went into effect on Dec. 23, 2016, proved unpopular.

Under the new amendment, employees can work 12 days in a row if employers and employees agree, and the mandatory break between shifts is cut from 11 hours to eight.

Hailing the passage of the newly amended law, Lin said that although the ruling and opposition parties have different views of the amendment, their stance on safeguarding labor rights is the same.

Now that the amendment has cleared the legislative floor, the government will continue its work to strengthen labor rights protection and promote industrial development by advancing economic transformation, Lin said.

Meanwhile, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said the new labor law amendment will allow flexible work-time arrangements that promote cooperation between employers and employees and boost economic development.

(By Yeh Su-ping, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)
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