- The law in Taiwan provides that newlyweds get eight days of paid leave, but does not give a limit to the maximum number of times one can apply
- A bank employee noticed this loophole and got married to the same woman four times and divorced her thrice, essentially earning 32 paid leave days
- After a tussle with his employer, the employee quit his job but still insists the bank owes him 24 leave days
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A bank employee in Taiwan recently took advantage of a loophole in the system to enjoy a longer paid marriage leave.
He did so by getting married to the same woman four times and divorcing her thrice within a period of 37 days.
This is because the law in Taiwan provides that newlyweds are legally entitled to a paid leave of eight days after their nuptials.
There, however, exists no clause which stipulates the maximum number of times an employee can get married or apply for marriage leave.
The couple first got married on April 6, 2020, divorced 10 days later then remarried the following day.
They divorced again on April 28 and exchanged fresh wedding vows the next day followed by a third divorce on May 11.
Their fourth marriage happened on May 12 before the groom's employer got in the way of their marry-and-divorce game.
The bank turned down his application for yet another paid leave arguing that he had gone way beyond the eligible eight days of leave.
The employee took the matter to the Taipei Labor Department accusing his employer of violating his leave entitlements.
In an interesting twist of events, the bank was fined $700 (KSh 75,000) although the fine was overturned by the head of the labour department Chen Hsin-Yu.
The cheeky employee quit his job but has since lodged a complaint at the Labour Department indicating that his former employer still owes him 24 leave days.
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