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Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

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Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby goose egg » 03 Nov 2015, 10:12

Christmas aka Constitution Day stopped being a holiday in Taipei 15 years ago. It is "observed" but no longer a non-working holiday.

This year it falls on a Friday. At my parish church in Taipei city, someone said it would be a non-working holiday. So, someone supposedly checked with the city and "confirmed" it would be a holiday. Great ... but ...

When I checked online for myself, I found calendars like this http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/taiwan/ that still show that it is not a non-working holiday. I am looking for a calendar from the City Government itself and I am not getting far on their website: http://wisearch.taipei.gov.tw/wise/s.js ... &qt=dismax

Can you give me a link to the proper calendar at Taipei City?

I want to plan my year-end travel and flying on or before Christmas could mean a day of work.


I am leery of talking to government information hotlines, because I was recently burned by one last week: I called the hotline on the immigration.gov.tw website 0800 024 111 to double check a requirement for my APRC renewal, which led me to change and pay for adjustments to a travel schedule; when I showed up at the immigration desk, the officer explained that I was misinformed -- that hotline is a contracted 3rd party. I will try to reach the city anyway: http://contact.taipei.gov.tw/CCLM/CLM/A ... 00E_E.aspx

EDIT: below is the confirmation message from what I submitted. Will post if/when they respond

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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby hansioux » 03 Nov 2015, 10:20

It's not a national holiday, and I doubt Ko P would consider making it a holiday...
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby goose egg » 03 Nov 2015, 10:25

hansioux wrote:... I doubt Ko P would consider making it a holiday...

I feel the same way
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby Milkybar_Kid » 03 Nov 2015, 10:41

Not a chance! Unless your fellow parishioner works at one of those companies in Taiwan that was originally founded for religious propagation purposes.
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby Icon » 03 Nov 2015, 11:45

Next year is Sunday, so technically speaking it is a holiday, as our employers are so kind as to grant us weekends off -well, some of them are so kind hearted.

And the only relevant calendar is the official government one: http://www.dgpa.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=124 ... 1358&mp=10
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby headhonchoII » 03 Nov 2015, 11:50

Weekends are holidays in Taiwan! Rejoice!!
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby goose egg » 03 Nov 2015, 13:28

Icon wrote:And the only relevant calendar is the official government one: http://www.dgpa.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=124 ... 1358&mp=10
Thank you for the calendar. I created a shortcut for 2015: http://j.mp/taipei-work-cal

It is a work day. As usual.
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby gavmasterflash » 03 Nov 2015, 21:05

January 30th of next year is a work day? I'm guessing it's to make up for a day during CNY.
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby yyy » 05 Nov 2015, 20:42

hansioux wrote:It's not a national holiday, and I doubt Ko P would consider making it a holiday...

Really?

Timeanddate.com is obviously not authoritative.

Those calendars at dpga.gov.tw list only the holidays for civil servants, which are also listed here.
http://law.moj.gov.tw/ENG/LawClass/LawA ... e=A0030127 (Article 3)

For most of us, the Labor Standards Act applies, so Dec 25 is a holiday.
http://law.moj.gov.tw/Eng/LawClass/LawA ... e=N0030002 (Article 23)

And Taipei agrees.
http://bola.gov.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=435 ... &mp=116003

Note the last sentence: "當勞動基準法規定與行政院人事行政局規定有所差異時,事業單位應依勞動基準法之規定。" (When there is a discrepancy between the provisions of the Labor Standards Act and those of the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration of the Executive Yuan, business entities should follow the provisions of the Labor Standards Act.)
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Re: Is Christmas a non-working holiday in Taipei City again?

Postby yyy » 05 Nov 2015, 20:55

goose egg wrote:
[i]I am leery of talking to government information hotlines, because I was recently burned by one last week: I called the hotline on the immigration.gov.tw website 0800 024 111 to double check a requirement for my APRC renewal, which led me to change and pay for adjustments to a travel schedule; when I showed up at the immigration desk, the officer explained that I was misinformed -- that hotline is a contracted 3rd party.

If it was a serious burn (I mean something worth suing over), check their website or wherever you got the number for the info line. If the department says something like, "We promise to provide accurate information at this number," you should have Article 268 of the Civil Code on your side (as long as the promise the provide accurate information is considered an "obligation"). Of course, you would need to have recorded the conversation... :doh:
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