TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A draft for a whistleblower protection act was passed by the Cabinet in Taiwan Thursday (May 2) aimed at safeguarding the rights of employees suffering abuse in the workplace.
According to the draft, employers are prohibited from taking retaliatory measures against any employee for disclosing information about illegal activities or abuses of authority in the company. Actions deemed violations include employment termination, job transfer, a pay cut, and others, reported the Central News Agency.
Government agencies which breach the regulation will be penalized in compliance with the Public Functionaries Discipline Act (公務員懲戒法), while private enterprises will incur a fine between NT$50,000 and NT$5 million for such violations, the draft said.
An employee who blows the whistle should be guaranteed the right to resume his or her work with conditions unchanged and/or receive awards in damages. The person can also seek redress for mental anguish he or she has endured from discriminatory behavior exhibited by colleagues if their identities are unjustly disclosed.
For employees who have been dismissed and show no intention of having their posts reinstated, they are granted the right to negotiate an agreement with their employers. The agreement will determine the sum of compensation to be paid to the plaintiff, said CNA.