dablindfrog wrote: before my departure I was 10 months into a 1 year contract,and several occurance of "bad deals" came to my attention regarding my employer and previous employees, so I was advised to leave on payday.
I am assuming that you were advised by other teachers and not by the school. Bad advice if you ask me, and it seems that had you checked this before you did the runner rather than after the fact then you may have made a different decision. While I can understand your motivations for doing a runner I am not sure that you have acheived your objectives.
First off, and you may not yet be aware of this, but your employer is required to notify the CLA of your premature departure. The CLA will automatically blacklist you from ever obtaining a work permit to teach in Taiwan ever again. While this may not be a concern for you at present it is probably best for others not to limit their options in this regard as the return of those who never planned to return is not unheard of occurence.
The blacklisting can be appealed but the only basis of the appeal after the fact would be proving that you did give more than 30 days notice of your intent to leave. If your employer was treating you badly, forcing you to work illegally, or threatening not to pay you then you should have raised these concerns with the CLA prior to you choosing to breach the contract. Once you have breached the contract yourself then these other concerns become nothing more than a case of 'he says, she says'.
dablindfrog wrote: are employers entitled to hold and not pay staff for a month that has been worked.
What does you contract say about this?
Most of us have a clause regarding contract breach that states a penalty for breaching the contract. We agree to this when we sign the contract. It is not unheard of for schools to forgo the levying of this penalty if the teacher works with school in finding a replacement, but then there are also cases of schools taking the full penalty even though there were legitimate reasons for a breach (i.e. death of a family member back home etc). Penalizing the party that breaches a contract is pretty standard practice and totally legal and not something that is restricted to the employment contracts of foreign teachers.