Paid Time Off (PTO)
Annual leave is dependent on the years an employee has worked for the employee.
- 3 days after 6 months of service
- 7 days after a completed year
- 10 after 2 years
- 14 days after 3 years
- 15 days after 5 years
- 1 additional day is given every year after 10 years. The maximum annual leave is 30 days.
Unused vacation days carry over to the following year. If those vacation days aren’t used within two years, they will be converted into salary. Payment is based on the employee’s first-year wage.
If unused annual leave is not carried over to the next year, or if the employee’s contract is terminated by the end of the first year, regular daily wages are paid for unused days off. Employees’ daily salary is the amount they received for working regular hours a day before their employment contract was terminated or their service ended. In cases when employees are paid monthly, their daily salary is also based on their regular working hours and wages paid to them one month prior to the end of their employment or the termination of their contract. Yet for them, this amount should be divided by 30. The amount substituted for the annual leave is paid on the employees’ regular payday or within 30 days of the end of their working year. If employees are fired, employers should give them their annual leave payment without delay.
12 public holidays.
Employees are entitled to two types of sick leave in Taiwan. They can have 30 days of ordinary sick leave a year, provided they are not hospitalized, or they can also take one year of sick leave within a two-year period when they are hospitalized. What is noteworthy is that the combined number of sick days taken within two years cannot exceed one year.
If employees are sick up to 30 days within one year, they receive half-pay. When employees’ sickness is covered by labor insurance, but its compensation is less than half of the employee’s salary, the employer pays the difference. When the employee is left injured or disabled due to an accident at work, the employer pays him or her full salary. If after two years, the employee does not recover from the occupational injury or disability and is diagnosed as unable to fulfill former tasks, the employer pays him or her one amount of 40 months’ average wage, provided the employee does not qualify for disability. When employees use up all their sick days, they can ask for additional unpaid days off. The maximum of unpaid sick leave the employee can take is 1 year. There is also a possibility to recover sick pay from the state.
Expecting mothers are entitled to 8 weeks leave paid at 100% rate unless the employee has worked at the company for less than 6 months, in which case the rate is lowered to 50%.