Cabinet approves amendment allowing paid family care leave


TAIPEI–The Executive Yuan said yesterday that it has approved a proposed law amendment to allow paid family care leave, and the bill will be sent to the legislature for its approval.

The proposed amendment to the Gender Equality in Employment Act would allow working parents with children under the age of 12 to take paid leave when schools are closed, but offices remain open, due to typhoons or other natural phenomena.

Premier Wu Den-yih said the decision will help create a family-friendly workplace environment.

Based on the records over the past 10 years of local governments closing schools, but not offices, employees would require an average 0.3 days of family care leave per year, said Chen Hui-ling, a department director at the Council of Labor Affairs.

The new regulation, if passed, will cost employers NT$120 million (US$3.9 million) per year, based on the current figure of 321,000 working families with young children, Chen said.

At present, the employees are allowed to take no-pay care leave of up to seven days a year to look after family members in circumstance such as serious diseases or major incidents.