Taiwan updates its sexual harassment laws following the recent #MeToo wave.

After a flood of #MeToo allegations reached the island in June, Taiwan updates its sexual harassment laws

With the modifications adopted on Monday, victims will have more time to come forward and report an event to the authorities and face harsher penalties. The adjustments represent an effort to deal with the problems brought up by recent allegations of sexual assault in Taiwan.

The rules against sexual harassment in Taiwan are divided into three categories: those that apply to the workplace, schools, and other areas.

Employers that disregard sexual harassment accusations may now face fines of up to 1 million New Taiwan Dollars ($31,680) under the workplace law. Additionally, employers are required to report incidents to their local labor department’s division.

It is expressly forbidden for educators to date pupils under the age of 18 under the new education law that went into effect last Friday.

Additionally, principals and teachers who fail to submit a sexual harassment accusation to the Ministry of Education within 24 hours may be punished.

The Sexual Harassment Prevention Act’s maximum fine was increased to 600,000 New Taiwan dollars ($19,000), and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act’s maximum sentence was increased to three years in prison.

The #MeToo movement in Taiwan was rekindled in May after a young woman working for the government’s Democratic Progressive Party accused director Hsueh Chao-hui of grabbing her and making unwanted sexual advances.

She said that she did not simply want to let it go, referencing a sentence from a Taiwanese television program called Wavemakers. Chen Chien-jou, who made the claim and publicly identified herself, did so. Before expanding to other industries, including entertainment, music, and schools, more sexual harassment claims against politicians were made by other Taiwanese women.

The proposed changes also close some gaps, such as the requirement that small enterprises and organizations with fewer than 30 employees but more than 10 set up reporting channels for sexual harassment. Small enterprises were excluded from this rule in the past.

According to Chen Wan-hui, a lawmaker for the Taiwan Workers Party, more than 90% of enterprises in Taiwan employ fewer than 30 workers.

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