Red Brick Daily
CNA has helpfully listed new regulations and measures that will come into effect at the stroke of midnight, January 1, 2017.
We’ve tried to summarize those for you here:
- The monthly minimum wage in Taiwan will be increased from NT$20,008 (US$618) to NT$21,009. The hourly minimum wage goes up from NT$126 to NT$133. About 1.62 million people should be affected by the changes.
- A five-day work week is now the norm … the number of annual national holidays goes down from 19 to 12 days to make up for reductions in work hours.
- New labor regulations mean no Saturday services at about half of Taiwan’s 287 post offices that currently open on Saturdays.
- New air quality standards will require all municipalities (except Taitung) to reduce levels of fine particle (PM2.5) pollution.
- Labeling regulations revised for various food items. For example, products labeled as “dark sweet chocolate” must contain at least 35% cocoa. Violators will be fined between NT$30,000 and NT$4 million.
- Pregnant passengers or drivers will no longer have to stay out of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on freeways in Taiwan. Also, those convicted of sexual crimes against children and youth are now banned from registering as taxi drivers.
- Greater accessibility to public kindergartens to become available for low-income households Check out the full list here: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201612300024.aspx
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