Nov 24, 2017MedicalComments Off on Lai seeks speedy passage of labor law amendment
Premier William Lai said Friday that he hopes the Legislature will pass an amendment to the labor law as soon as possible.
A previous revision of the labor law went into effect at the beginning of this year. The law mandates that all employees get one fixed day off per week plus one flexible day which can be negotiated for overtime. The revision has drawn fire from employers and workers alike for its complexity and lack of flexibility.
The Cabinet recently sent down a revised amendment bill to the Labor Standards Act to address the issues. However, the bill was boycotted by lawmakers from the opposition Kuomintang and the People First Party.
Lai said that he hopes the process can move forward in order to improve labor relations. He said, "We are able to proceed at our own pace in the Cabinet. We respect that fact that, once a bill is sent to the Legislature, it has to go through their review process. There is no timetable for them. But the lack of flexibility in the current labor law has made it difficult for businesses to operate and manage their employees' shifts. From the Cabinet's perspective, we hope the amendment process will conclude as soon as possible."