Childcare leave to increase from 1 July
Taiwan's system for childcare leave is getting some updates.
In response to lower birth rates, the government has decided to relax childcare leave regulations and to invest NT$9.1 billion in the expansion of IVF subsidies.
Parental leave allowance salary will be increased to 80%, from the previous 60%, and the number of days allowed for prenatal check-ups increased to 14, from the previous 10.
The Ministry of Labour has also increased the flexibility of applying for parental leave without pay, including the relaxing of regulations on working hours, days off, and check-ups.
It will allow workers to apply for leave without pay twice, if they have taken less than six months of leave without pay before their child reaches the age of three, and as long as employers are notified at least 10 days ahead of time.