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Labor Ministry passes regulation to enforce one rest day per week

Labor Ministry passes regulation to enforce one rest day per week

The Ministry of Labor has recently published new a regulation aimed at reinforcing the Labor Standards Act and upholding the principle that workers should have at least one regular day off in every seven days.

The regulation, set to be implemented in October, stipulates that a worker should have a regular day off every seven days, meaning that a worker is not allowed to work for more than six days in a row.

However, there are certain cases in which workers can work for more than six days -- but no more than 12 days -- if they agree to the request of their employers to do so.

This only applies to workers in the meat and poultry industry, and the passenger transportation industry, who may have to work on public holidays or other holidays to provide services to the public and thus may have to work for more than six days in a row.

It also applies to those who work at destinations that take a lot of time to get to, such as remote areas in the mountains and at sea.

The third condition covers workers who perform duties overseas or conduct repair work on ships, aircraft or power plants.

Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act stipulates that "a worker shall have at least one regular day off in every seven days."

Without the ministry's further explanation on the implementation of the article, there have been common cases in which employers in any industry can ask their employees to work for more than six days if they agree to do so, and thus the article has not been strictly followed.

The new regulation is part of the government's efforts to reinforce the labor law and ensure the principle of a worker getting a regular day off within every seven days.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Elaine Hou)
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Updated : 2021-04-23 16:56 GMT+08:00