The “Labor Standards Act” to become applicable to contract employees (not including teachers only engaged in teaching activities) of private schools on August 1st

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    The Ministry of Labor (MOL) indicated that the Labor Standards Act will become applicable to contract employees (not including teachers only engaged in teaching activities) of private schools starting on August 1st, 2014. In the future, the Labor Standards Act will be applicable to all contract employees of private schools, excluding teachers only engaged in teaching activities. The term “teachers only engaged in teaching activities” refers to teachers only responsible for teaching courses in the curriculum of elementary schools or high schools, or college courses that offer credit hours or a degree. In other words, if a contract-based teacher concurrently holds an administrative position or has responsibilities other than teaching, then the Labor Standards Act will also apply to the contract-based teacher.

    The MOL stressed that the Labor Standards Act establishes the minimum labor conditions. In the past, contract employees of private schools could only negotiate their labor conditions with the private school because the Labor Standards Act was not applicable. After discussions with the Ministry of Education and related departments, the MOL concluded that application of the Labor Standards Act for contract employees of private schools will no longer cause undue hardships, except for teachers only engaged in teaching activities because their working hours still require further clarification. The MOL thus announced that the Labor Standards Act will be applicable to contract employees to protect their labor conditions. Over 60 thousand contract employees will benefit from this adjustment.

     The MOL reminded private schools to abide by the Labor Standards Act once it becomes applicable to their contract employees (not including teachers only engaged in teaching activities) to avoid violating the law. Furthermore, in the event laborers encounter incidents that damagetheir rights, they may seek assistance from the local competent authorityof labor (departments or bureaus of labor or social affairs of special municipalities and county/city governments) to protect their rights.

  • News From:Department of Standards and Equal Employment
  • Publish Date:2014-11-17
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