SALARY-RELATED ISSUES

1Q:  What is the number of working hours for a regular employee?

◆8 hours is the regular working hours for those in manufacturing companies. In excess of 8 hours, it is considered overtime.

◆For a household worker, he/she is on call 24 hours. As the need arises, the worker is expected to be available for service. However, the worker and the employer may agree upon certain amount of time for rest or break.

◆Sunday work is regarded as overtime for household workers.

2Q:  How do we compute overtime rate?

◆For those working in manufacturing companies, the legal computation of overtime is (n x 1.33) for the first 2 hours, (n x 1.66) for the next 2 hours, and (n x 2) for the rest of the hours. (Note: n = number of hours overtime), even if it is illegal.

◆Usually, the overtime rate is twice (x2) when working during days-off and holidays.

◆For household workers, the overtime rate is computed as follows: (15,840/30days=528 per day x how many Sunday’s.

3Q:  What will I do in case of “Forced Savings”?

◆Regulation was issued that employers and brokers cannot deduct anything from the salary of the worker, aside from the legal deductions imposed by the CLA.

◆Make sure to have your bankbook and your chop (印章) under your custody, so you can monitor the flow of deposits and withdrawals in your bank account. If a “forced savings” is deducted from your salary, you can file a complaint.