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Authorities request layoff report from Next Media

Officials from the Department of Labor under the Taipei City Government yesterday went to the Next Media Group for an initial probe into the massive planned layoff affecting 504 employees from the group's two TV subsidiaries.

They said Next Media executives were asked to present a detailed report to the department today.

The moves were intended to safeguard the rights and benefits of the affected employees.

Next Media is required to provide the list of employees to be laid off as well as corporate materials and information to justify the large-scale layoffs, they explained.

The employers and staffers can start negotiations for severance pay and compensation within 10 days after the company formally presents relevant materials to the Labor Department.

The department will intervene if there are differing opinions or unsettled conflicts concerning the layoffs between the two sides.

Next Media Group has confirmed that it already signed a memorandum of understanding to sell its TV division to Lien Tai-sheng, chairman of ERA Communications Co., one of the nations most prominent cable and satellite television providers.

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A Next Media Group employee moves his personal effects from the Next TV office building after the group announced a plan to lay off 504 staffers. Next Media signed a memorandum of understanding to sell the TV division to ERA TV Chairman Lien Tai-sheng. (CNA)

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