Couple marries four times, divorces three times, to claim 32 days of leave

Couple marries four times, divorces three times, to claim 32 days of leave

After finding a loophole in their country’s leave policy, a couple took full advantage.


Marriage is a wonderful moment where two souls come together to make an eternal vow of commitment. However, a Taiwanese couple used this step in their relationship to claim a few extra Honeymoon days by exploiting the country’s labour laws after spotting a loophole in the system.

According to legal documents, a couple, who has not been named, married four times and divorced three times over a period of 37 days, exploiting a loophole in Taiwan's labour laws where newlyweds are legally entitled to eight days of paid leave after their nuptials. By marrying his wife four times, the man is claiming 32 vacation days.

When the bank where the man works refused to process the man’s request for 32 vacation days as stipulated in the country’s labour laws, the man took the case to the Taipei city labour department, which ended up fining the bank over R10,000 for violating leave regulations.

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After careful consideration, the head of the Taipei city labour department revoked the fine on the bank and said that the city would re-examine the regulation on leave days post marriage to prevent anyone taking advantage of the loophole again.

According to Chinese media outlet Sohu, the couple first married on 6 April 2020 before divorcing ten days later on April 16. They got married a second time one day later on April 17, but filed for another divorce on April 28. The third marriage took place on April 29 and they divorced for the third on May 11, before tying the knot for the fourth and final time on May 12.

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Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shanshan got wind of the loophole and shared a statement on Facebook saying that the Taiwanese labour bureau will re-evaluate the marriage-leave policy to avoid it being abused in the future. "In this case, it is clear that the employee used the marriage leave and exploited a loophole to benefit from it," Huang said. “The laws exist for the benefit of the people, and people should not act in bad faith.”

Since then, the man quit his job but has lodged a complaint at the city’s labour department claiming that his former employer still owes him 24 leave days and demands that he be paid out.

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