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Government denies claims of labor law relaxation
By Christine Chou, The China Post

The government on Tuesday denied claims from the head of a business group that it planned to extend the maximum limit for overtime work.

President of the Manufactures United General Association of Industrial Park (MUGA, 工業區) Qin Jia-hong (秦嘉鴻) told local media Tuesday that President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan (林全) "had personally assured him" of a future increase from 46 to 52 hours per month.

But Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Tuesday that the government had "no such plans," adding the government would "not make any U-turns."

Hsu said a flexible working hour policy applied to some occupations, such as department store staff during anniversary sale season who may work up to a consecutive 10 or 12 days.

But he stressed that such staff "must take their entitled days off."

Qin claimed that Tsai and Lin had told him of the plans at a meeting at the Presidential Office.

The MUGA president had been invited, along with other corporate leaders, to discuss what impact a recent amendment to the Labor Act has had on businesses.

In response to MUGA's suggestions the government raise the overtime work limit or allow employers and workers to negotiate among themselves how they would like to calculate overtime work, Minister of Labor Kuo Fang-yu (郭芳煜) said employers and workers had differing views on both subject, and so the government had "not yet been able to handle this problem."

Kuo said the Labor Ministry plans to first collect a wide range of opinions at this stage as a means of achieving a consensus. "Then we will approach this issue."

The six-day work week policy, also known as "one flexible day off, one fixed day off (一例一休)," officially came into force on Dec. 23. The policy entitles employees up to triple their regular pay if they choose to work on a "flexible" day off.

Businesses have threatened to pass on the costs associated with the new policy to consumers, with a spate of retailers announcing price hikes. Others have said they will cut back on business hours.

Meanwhile, the Executive Yuan spokesman said that the government will ask owners of businesses that increases prices in the wake of the enactment of the new labor law to explain their decisions in person.

The Executive Yuan had requested several businesses, including local chain restaurants, to send representatives to clarify their rationale for price hikes but later allowed them to statement their reasons by written reports instead after criticisms that the requirement amounts to harassment.

The Executive Yuan will prevent businesses from using the new labor law as an excuse for changing their price tags, the spokesman said. If business owners fail to explain themselves in written reports they can still be required to appear in person.

To be continued with www.chinapost.com.tw


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Opinions
The story of smartphones has a lesson for Taiwan
The China Post News Staff

On Jan. 10, 2007, President Chen Shui-bian attended the inauguration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during his Central America visit. Exactly 10 years later, it was again Ortega who hosted the R.O.C. head of state — President Tsai Ing-wen — in his capacity as Nicaragua's leader.

While a lot of things have remained largely the same in the past 10 years (sadly, including the wages of many middle-class workers in developed economies), the world has seen more dramatic changes in this peaceful era than it had in the previous decade. The event in which Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone on Jan. 7, 2007, marked a watershed in modern history.

This column here will not burden our readers with yet another list of the changes smartphones bring to our daily life. We will simply say this. Since smartphones were invented, the world has basically stepped into the future. Before the era of smart devices, spy movies used to dazzle their audience with fancy gadgets that only existed in their creators' imaginations, such as cellphones that can remote control cars. Nowadays, fictional superspies hold nothing more than supercharged smartphones. Smart devices have caught up with our imagination of the future.

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From New York to Disney: Where to celebrate Lunar New Year 2017
By Beth J. Harpaz, AP

NEW YORK -- Lunar New Year begins Jan. 28, kicking off the year of the rooster. The holiday is observed in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries, but a number of U.S. destinations from New York to Las Vegas also host celebrations. Events include parades featuring lion dancers, special holiday menus at Asian restaurants, cultural festivals and more.

Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, hosts a Lunar New Year celebration from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be costumed for the occasion, greeting guests and offering photo opportunities alongside other Disney characters like Mulan and Mulan's dragon sidekick Mushu.

Live performances at Disney California Adventure will include Chinese acrobats, dancers and musicians in colorful costumes, activities and crafts themed on the holiday and three new marketplaces offering food inspired by Asian cuisine. A new short feature called "Hurry Home" will be shown each night prior to the "World of Color" show, telling the story of a little lantern on a journey home for Lunar New Year, using projected animation, lighting, special effects and fountains. The park will also be decorated with lanterns and banners wishing guests a happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Details at http://www.Disneyland.com/LunarNewYear.

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鉅亨網記者/張欽發, The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- 已獲櫃買中心上櫃審議通過PCB及自動化設備廠迅得機械(6438-TW)公布,2016年12月營收達2.22億元,創19個月新高,年增率101.72%。迅得接單傳出佳音,2016年底新接單的金額已達 10 億元,本季起出貨。

 迅得2016年全年營收為21.28億元,較2015年的23.59億元下滑9.8%,但今年起有台商大型PCB 廠對於因應蘋果的MSAP(類載板)生產新增設備添購需求,相關商機本季開始浮現。

 迅得2016年第4季營收5.17億元,季減6.68%,但去年12月營收有亮麗表現,主要受惠出貨設備以PCB製程投放設備為主。

 迅得2016年第4季營收規模擴大的同時,法人預估該公司全年每股純益可達3元。

 迅得上櫃申請案已在今年1月4日獲通過,依目前工作時程預估,將在第2季上櫃掛牌。

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