Several Provisions Removed from Local Law to Benefit Female Workers
Several provisions from a local drafted law benefiting female workers were removed by lawmakers to further promote gender equity in a workplace. The drafted law was introduced in November had creative provisions which includes additional 10 day leave for child rearing.
The current law is allowing more than three months of maternity leave plus a flexible retirement age. In the previous drafted law, parents raising a child younger than three years old can take an additional ten day leave every year. The committee decided to remove the provision citing two reasons, first the local government does not that right to regulate the time away from work a business allows. Second the additional leave can burden local enterprises that are facing a slow economy. Also with such a policy might prevent enterprises from hiring women.
Before any revision were made, the law encourage female employees that have technical expertise to extend their retirement age that will equal the older retirement age for men. This means females can work until they are 60 years of age if they wish to.
But the committee decided that any policy that concerns retirement age is complicated and should be placed under national governance. Local government find it inappropriate to be involved in such policy decisions so it was also removed from the local law. Also provisions are also requiring businesses to distribute written anti- sexual harassment policies to its workers, and the annual male caring day was also removed from the law.