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Labor council details regulations related to H1N1 illness

Labor council details regulations related to H1N1 illness

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Private sector employers cannot reject workers' requests for leave of absence to tend family members who are infected with the A(H1N1) virus or to take care of children whose schools have been closed because of H1N1 infections, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) said Thursday.
The rule applies to all employers of five or more workers, CLA officials said.
However, while each worker is entitled to up to seven days leave per year for such purposes, they will not be paid for the periods of absence, the officials said.
In the case of civil servants, they can also take seven days off, but they will be paid for a maximum of five of those days, according to the Central Personnel Administration.
Also Thursday, Su Ying-kuei, chief of Taipei City's Department of Labor, said that if employers ask workers to stay at home on suspicion of influenza A(H1N1) infection, the workers should be paid for the duration of their absence.
In addition, if employees are quarantined by health authorities, their employers cannot punish them on grounds of unauthorized absence, Su said.
In the case of workers who contract H1N1 influenza in the line of duty, their employers should grant them work-related sick leave with full pay, he said. If such infections result in death, physical disability, injury or other illness, employers are required to provide compensation, he added.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-10-18 04:04 GMT+08:00