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Taiwan has an excellent infrastructure for remote work, though the stringent entry requirements mean that very few remote workers would qualify for the appropriate visa. For those that do qualify, the Gold Card allows freelancers and self-employed workers to enter Taiwan without an existing offer of employment.
The main law regulating remote work in Taiwan is the Labour Standards Act. This Act sets out the rights and obligations of both employers and employees, including the minimum wage, working hours, maternity leave, holiday entitlements, overtime regulations and more. The Labour Inspection Office has responsibility for enforcing compliance with this Act.
Some of the main legal provisions affecting remote work in Taiwan include:
Employment Contracts —remote work arrangements should be clearly outlined in the employment contract. The contract should specify terms and conditions related to remote work, such as working hours, communication methods, equipment, and work-related expenses.
Working Hours and Rest Periods — remote workers are subject to the same working hours and rest period regulations as in-office employees. The LSA stipulates a standard workweek of 40 hours and requires employers to provide rest breaks, days off, and overtime compensation for remote workers.
Wages and Compensation — employers are also responsible for reimbursing remote workers for work-related expenses, such as internet and phone bills or equipment, if specified in the employment contract.
Occupational Safety and Health — in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers should ensure that remote workers have adequate equipment and resources to perform their job safely and should provide guidance on maintaining a safe home office environment.
Leave and Holidays — remote workers are entitled to the same leave and holiday provisions as in-office employees, as outlined in the LSA. This includes annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, and other types of leave.
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Taiwan has become an attractive destination for remote work for several reasons, including its high-speed internet infrastructure, affordable cost of living, quality of life, time zone advantages and access to coworking spaces, and visa and residency programs, such as the Gold Card visa program.
Online freelancing platforms are used by freelancers across Taiwan, but do present certain risks to businesses. To ensure compliance with Taiwan employment law, employers looking to hire remote workers in Taiwan are advised to utilize the services of Horizons’ Taiwan PEO.