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Pregnant working women in Taiwan prohibited from working during night shift: MOL

Pregnant or breastfeeding women are still banned from working shifts late at night or in the early morning hours as refreshed by Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL).

The clarification was released by MOL after some confusion on the matter after Taiwan's Constitutional Court invalidated a portion of Taiwan's Labor Standards Act.

Labor standards act Article 49 of the act originally stated that female workers were prohibited from working between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, Constitutional Court decided to void this portion of Article 49 citing Article 7 of the Constitution, which states that all citizens, irrespective of sex, religion, race, class, or party affiliation, shall be equal before the law.

MOL stressed that female workers cannot be forced to work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. if they have health concerns or other justifiable reasons.

Employers who violate this rule can be sentenced to a maximum of six months in prison or fined up to NT$300,000.

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