Taiwan grants paid leaves to OFWs, migrant workers


Posted at Apr 19 2017 06:48 PM

MANILA - Overseas Filipino workers who have worked in Taiwan for more than a year are now entitled to paid leaves credit, the Manila Economic Cultural Office (MECO) said Wednesday.

A new regulation from the Taiwan Ministry of Labor (MOL) granted foreign workers who have worked for at least a year paid marriage leave, bereavement leave, and personal leave, according to a press release from the Philippines' consular office in the Chinese territory.

This is in accordance with the Labor Standard Law, the Labor Contract Law and the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, which now cover such workers.

The new regulations also stipulate that employers cannot refuse to grant paid vacation and certain other types of leave once the conditions are met. Otherwise, they may be fined NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 ($1,974 to $9,870 or P98,196 to P490,983) and revocation of their permits to hire migrant workers.

The ministry added if negotiations for a mutually acceptable leave period is not achieved in urgent work situations, the foreign worker has the right to obtain leave for the required period in accordance with the Taiwan Employment Service Act.

MECO Chairman Angelito T. Banayo expressed his thanks to the Taiwan Parliament and the administration of President Tsai Ing Wen for this regulation.

“This new regulation is expected to greatly benefit the 130,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan but more so the families of our countrymen who now can have paid leave time spent with their loved ones," he said.

"This is an added bonus after the MOL also granted to include foreign workers in the 5% minimum increase early this year.” he added.

According to the statement, the Philippines has the third largest contingent of migrant workers in Taiwan. Most of the OFWs in Taiwan work in factories and IT-related assembly companies.