By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writerEight members of the Presidential Office’s Human Rights Consultative Committee yesterday cast doubt on newly passed amendments to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法). If an employee fails to use their holidays by the agreed deadline or by the time they leave the company, the compensatory days must be converted into overtime pay. The item severely infringes on workers’ rights and if no clear regulations for limitation of compensatory days off are established, it could lead to workers being forced to work overtime during intensive periods and to take compensatory days off during off-seasons, the committee members said. The amendment also contravenes the government’s promises that it would see to the implementation of all rights as required under the two covenants and that workers’ rights would not regress, they added. Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said the amendments would not affect labor rights, while they do increase the room for flexible arrangements between employees and employers.
Source: Taipei Times January 13, 2018 15:56 UTC