Exemption from clock-in rules to extend to all off-site employees

National Development Council chief Chen Mei-ling, center, reacts during a press conference on Nov. 14, 2017. According to Chen, the government is hoping to extend exemptions from national clock-in regulations to all off-site workers. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The government is hoping to extend exemptions from national clock-in regulations to all off-site workers, National Development Council chief Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶) said Tuesday.

Article 30 of Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act requires employers to keep attendance records for their employees, including hours worked based on when they clock in and clock out.

Employees at media outlets, workers involved in telecommuting arrangements, field sales agents, and drivers, however, are exempt from the rules based on “Guidelines on Working Hours Outside the Workplace” that supplement the Labor Standards Act.

The Ministry of Labor intends to revise the guidelines to extend the exemption to all off-site workers, Chen said.

The revised rules will allow employers to make arrangements with staff working in the field to register their attendance without having to enter the office to clock in and clock out, she said.

Chen said that the Ministry of Labor will complete revisions to the rules by the end of this month but did not say when they might take effect.

The policy would “allow for more flexibility desired by foreign investors and many enterprises,” Chen said at a press conference following a meeting chaired by Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) to review regulations that could pose an obstacle to investing in Taiwan.

Chen said, meanwhile, that businesses required to establish a health care center on-site because they employ more than 300 employees will be allowed in the future to contract with hospitals to provide the service.

The Ministry of Labor is expected to complete revisions to the “Worker Health Protection Regulations” to give businesses more flexibility on staffing and enable employees to have better access to health care, Chen said.

By Shih Hsiu-chuan