On December 6, 2016, the Legislative Yuan passed amendments to the Labor Standards Act, which amendments were promulgated on December 21, 2016.  Highlights include the following:  (1) employees are now entitled to one “mandatory day off” and one “flexible rest day” every 7 days.  Employers shall pay higher overtime payment to employees for overtime work on flexible rest days; (2) the number of national holidays has been reduced by seven; (4) the annual paid leave available to new employees has been increased; (5) employers are now subject to higher fines for violations of the Labor Standards Act; and (6) when paying wages, employers are to provide calculation details for each item.  The new amendments have been in force since December 2016, except for Article 37 (national holidays) and Article 38 (annual leave), which came into force in January 2017.