Nearly 90 percent of companies allow leave specially for women: poll

03/08/2016 06:18 PM
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Taipei, March 8 (CNA) About 90 percent of companies in Taiwan allow their female employees to take maternity leave or other pregnancy-related leave in accordance with their rights, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday, International Women's Day.

It was part of a pair of surveys conducted by the Ministry of Labor in an effort to gauge the country's employment equality and examine the implementation of the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, by polling representatives of companies and employees, respectively.

The survey found that 89 percent of companies in Taiwan allow their female employees to take days off for maternity, pregnancy and menstrual pain, as well as for miscarriages and any other parental care.

Topping the chart was maternity leave (94.7 percent), followed by leave for miscarriages (91.7 percent) and tocolysis leave (89.4 percent), the survey found.

The poll of representatives of companies also showed that 85.2 percent of companies with more than 30 employees have measures in place to prevent and deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, up 49.7 percent from 2002, the ministry said.

In another survey that polled employees, it was found that around 98 percent of employees said they had not suffered any sexual harassment in the workplace over the past year.

About 1.6 percent of female employees said they were victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, with most of the harassment coming from their colleagues and clients, the survey found. Most of the victims were aged between 25 and 44, it added.

Only 0.6 percent of male employees said they had been sexually harassed, the survey showed.

In terms of discrimination in the workplace, only 2 percent of employees said they suffered discrimination in the workplace, the survey found. Age, physical appearance, languages were cited as the most common causes for discrimination, it showed.

The two surveys were conducted between August and September of 2015. A total of 3,182 effective samples of representatives of companies were collected, while 4,117 effective samples were collected from employees, the ministry said.

(By Zoe Wei and Elaine Hou)ENDITEM/ke

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