In Taiwan, one of the few places in the world to offer wedding leave to couples visiting the altar, a bank employee married his partner on April 6, 2020.
On 16 April, they divorced a few days later.
They then remarried the next day.
Another divorce and third marriage took place on 28 April and 29 April.
After a third divorce, on May 11, she married a fourth, on May 12.
Public records state that it was a conspiracy to take advantage of the self-governing island for all couples who take an eight-day holiday for married couples.
The bank refused to approve the man’s application for payment beyond the mandatory eight days for his first marriage. This prompted him to file a complaint with the Department of Labor for violation of leave rights. The bank was fined $ 700 in October last year, but Appealed the fine In February, claiming that the employee had abused his rights.
After much public debate, the head of the Department of Labor in Taipei City, Chen Hsien-yu, announced last week that the bank’s fine would be revoked. The bank, man and woman, have not been identified (the name of the bank was re-taken in public documents). But the couple’s rapid succession of marriages and divorces has led to authorities being rounded up.
Taipei deputy mayor Huang Shan-shan wrote, “I am shocked.” Facebook Last week. “The law exists for the people and not for exploitation, profit or loss. Of course, it is important to implement the law, but don’t know when to be flexible is a real disaster! ” she added.
The case has driven the labor authorities in the capital, Taipei, and raised questions about how easy it is to take advantage of the wedding leave policy. In a statement, Ms. Chen, the labor officer, called on public servants not to lose sight of common sense.
“Even though my colleagues had studied labor laws seriously, they did not agree on whether bank employees violated their rights.” Ms. Chen said, “Instead, they were ‘whether the marriage was real.’
Marriage leave was introduced as part of other employment benefits in Taiwan, such as public holidays and payment of time for sickness and bereavement, when the island’s labor laws were established in 1984, Chiu Jiun-yan, A professor specializing in labor law at the University of Chinese Culture in Taiwan.
“Traditionally, Asian regions place great emphasis on family, and in China since ancient times, marrying was considered the first step to forming a family,” he said in a phone interview. He said that traditional wedding customs can be time consuming. “When the Labor Standards Act was drafted,” he said, “it included ‘wedding leave’.”
Wedding leave encoded in Taiwan’s labor regulations is lenient compared to some other jurisdictions around the world that offer such. Malta offers two working days. Vietnam Allows three days for your wedding And one day for the wedding of a child. In China, the holiday period varies by region: most offer at least three days, but Shanxi Province allows 30 days.
The quota is not imposed on those claiming Taiwan’s wedding leave, nor is it prohibited how often employees can take leave. For every marriage, eligibility is renewed even for those who remarry. (Compared to wedding leave, workers get five days of parental leave.)
“If he remarries, the employee is entitled to leave,” said Chen Kun-hung, chief labor standards officer in the Taipei City government.
After the case was covered by local news outlets, the fines levied on the bank were canceled, due to public debate, he said. “The public thought there was a concern over labor rights abuses, and the abuses have not been discussed to regulate the laws or clarify the situation by the central government,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday.
Professor Chiu said that the government should consider appropriate measures to ensure fairness for both employers and employees.
“If there are no plans to address this, there is no guarantee that there will not be someone who plays this kind of game 365 days a year with you,” he said.