You Have Rights!
At the Hope Workers’ Center, we believe that everyone should have the right to live and work, without fear of discrimination or unfair practices in the workplace. Though we continue to fight for these goals, which we believe are basic human rights, the beginnings of some of these promises exist already in Taiwan, particularly relating to wages, hours of work, time off from work, health insurance, labor insurance, remediation against brokers and employers, and organization of labor unions.
Under Taiwanese law, there are different levels of protection for two categories of workplaces: those workplaces which are protected under the Taiwan Labor Standards Act and those which are not. Please see their distinctions below and follow the links to reach delineation of each classification’s rights.
Workers Under the Taiwan Labor Standards Act
The Taiwan Labor Standards Act generally applies to workplaces that employ large numbers of people. If you work in a factory or business with at least 10 other people, your employer should comply with the Taiwan Labor Standards Act and you can see your rights here.
The Taiwan Labor Standards Act often does not apply to workplaces that where few people are employed. Caregivers, domestic workers, and fishermen are usually not protected by the Taiwan Labor Standards Acts but you still have rights, which you can see here.
Not sure if your work is protected by the Taiwan Labor Standards Act? Ask us!