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636 companies in Taiwan brings 15,634 workers on unpaid leave or forced leave

636 companies in Taiwan had unpaid leave program for its 15,634 workers, which the figure nearly doubled in the last 17 days according to the Ministry of Labor, reported by CNA.

The furloughed employees or those who are on unpaid leave is due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Most of the companies implementing unpaid leave are small enterprises with workforces of fewer than 50 people.

Unpaid leave programs typically last for fewer than three months and have their employees take five to eight days of unpaid leave per month, the MOL said.

MOL has rolled out a program that offers free training to furloughed workers as well as subsidies to companies. Currently, a total of 62 companies and 2,086 workers have benefited from this program.

Meanwhile, government measures taken to help businesses and workers get through the adverse effect of the outbreak should lessen its toll on the economy and help GDP growth reach 1.3-1.8 percent according to the head of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).


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