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Number of furloughed workers up 15 percent in past 2 weeks: CLA

TAIPEI -- The number of workers who have agreed to take unpaid leave in Taiwan has increased by 15 percent over the past two weeks, according to statistics released yesterday by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

As of Dec. 31, a total of 2,513 employees in 42 companies had agreed to take unpaid leave, with 1,501 already on furlough, the data shows.

The numbers were higher than the figures released Dec. 15, when 2,172 workers in 38 companies had agreed to unpaid leave, and 1,429 had already started.

The figures are compiled and published every two weeks.

The latest figure on the number of employees who have already reached furlough agreements with their employers is the highest since Feb. 28, while the latest figure on those already on furlough is the highest since Nov. 30, according to the data.

The CLA said it will continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with local government labor authorities.

Employers are required to obtain written consent from workers before placing them on furlough.

Workers can call the CLA hotline (0800-085151) to file complaints if they suspect any irregularities or if their employers are violating regulations.

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