Newspaper article China Post

Lawmakers Seek to Write Typhoon Holidays into Labor Law

Newspaper article China Post

Lawmakers Seek to Write Typhoon Holidays into Labor Law

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After Typhoon Nepartak inflicted serious damage on Taitung last weekend, members of the Legislative Yuan proposed for typhoon holidays to be incorporated into the Labor Standards Act ([...]).

Labor Minister Kuo Fang-yu ([...]) said that "no country has done so" in the past.

However, he said that the Ministry of Labor supported the current plan.

When answering questions from Hung Tzu-yung ([...]) of the New Power Party, Kuo said that typhoon holidays were technically not legally designated holidays.

Since typhoons have not yet been incorporated into the Labor Standards Act, the government cannot issue any penalties to violators who ignore work and school suspension notices in the wake of a typhoon, he explained.

In order to incorporate typhoon holidays into the Labor Standards Act, the Labor Ministry will have to carry out discussion with related parties, such as industry, about details before making revisions to current laws, Kuo said. …

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