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Now, if you get married, you get eight days of paid leave in Taipei, so he decided that he's swing it so that he got married, then immediately divorced his new wife, and married her again to repeat the process.
That meant that he eventually accrued 32 days of paid leave.
But, the bank wasn't having it.
Whilst they approved the leave for the first eight days around the initial marriage, they refused all of the subsequent requests he made after he divorced her once the eight days were up and returned to ask for more leave.
He thought that he was entitled to this leave by law, but his employer thought differently. They quickly figured out what he was attempting to do and refused the last three leave requests.
Even so, the worker thoughts that he'd just carry right on and go through with the marriages and divorces.
Then, once that was all done, he filed a grievance with the Taipei City Labour Bureau, accusing the bank of breaking the law by refusing his leave.
Incredibly, they reviewed the case and ruled in his favour. The bank was found to have violated article two of the labour leave rules, and ordered to pay a NT$20,000 fine, which is about £512.
That was in October 2020, and the bank have since appealed and claimed that the man's 'malicious abuse of marriage leave was not a legitimate cause of leave under the Labour Leave Rules' according to New Talk Taiwan.
Despite that, the Beishi Labour Bureau upheld their ruling on April 10 2021, stating that even though the employee's behaviour was unethical, it wasn't illegal, and therefore he was actually entitled to the leave that he'd asked for.
So, there you have it. The precedent has been set. If you're working a job in Taipei and fancy getting a whole heap more leave, you just need to find someone who will marry and divorce you a bunch of times.
Of course, when you return to the job, the atmosphere might be a bit frosty, but you'll be nice and relaxed from all that holiday you've just had.
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