The legislature passed an initial reading of a draft bill on Thursday to reduce the work week from 84 hours every two weeks to 40 hours a week. The bill also formalizes the five-day work week. The bill is scheduled to be finalized on May 15 at the earliest and will take effect on January 1, 2016.
Taiwanese people work some of the longest hours in the world. A 2013 study of the Taiwan-based China Times found that the Taiwanese work an average of 2,140.8 hours a year, much longer than the Japanese average of 1,745.2 hours.