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Labor ministry warns employers of penalty for denying maternity leave

2014/11/21 17:25:05

Taipei, Nov. 21 (CNA) Employers who refuse workers' requests for menstrual or maternity leave may be subject to a maximum fine of NT$300,000 (US$9,702), the Ministry of Labor warned Friday.

The names of the offenders may also be made public, the ministry said, advising workers to call its complaint hotline 0800-085-151 to report any related violations.

The ministry made the statements after the Legislative Yuan earlier in the day passed amendments to the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, which stipulate, among other new regulations, that female workers are allowed five paid leave days for prenatal health checks.

The amendments also allow female workers to take three days of menstrual leave with half pay, which is a change from the previous no-pay rule.

Male workers, meanwhile, are now eligible to a maximum five days paid leave, instead of just three, at the time of their children's birth, according to the new regulations.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Y.F. Low)