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Excessive overtime tops list of labor law violations in Taipei

2012/05/08 17:43:50

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Excessive overtime was the most common labor law violation in Taipei over the past three years, officials at Taipei's Department of Labor said Tuesday.

According to data compiled by the department between 2009-2011, fines were issued in 345 cases involving the extension of working hours beyond the legal limit.

Failure to give leave, whether annual vacation time or public holidays, was the second most common type of labor law violation, with 312 cases reported during the same period, the data showed.

In addition, there were 296 cases of employers failing to keep attendance records, 288 cases of employees not being paid and 149 cases of employers failing to pay overtime.

According to Department of Labor Commissioner Chen Yeh-shin, the department has listed the overtime problem as a top priority and has urged businesses to obey the relevant regulations.

According to the amended Labor Standards Act, employers can be fined up to NT$300,000 (US$10,232) for law violations like forcing employees to work excessive overtime work or failing to pay overtime.

The act stipulates regular working hours of eight hours a day, with a maximum of 4 hours overtime a day and 46 hours of overtime each month, Chen noted.

In addition, the law states that every worker shall have at least one day off every seven days and be given public holidays and annual leave.

Since last November, some 80 businesses, including several renowned and large enterprises, were fined for violating labor laws, said Liang Tsang-chi, head of the department's Labor Standards Division.

(By Huang Li-yun and Hanna Liu)