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In 37 days, a man marries four times and divorces three times to qualify for extended paid leave.

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In just 37 days, a Taiwanese man devised an ingenious method of obtaining extended paid leave from work: he married four times and divorced three times.

According to Taiwanese law, when an individual gets married, they are entitled to eight days of paid work leave, which one unnamed clerk earned on April 6th of last year. That was only intended to be the start of an extended paid leave for which our hero had planned ahead of time.

The man divorced his wife on the last day of his eight-day leave, only to marry her again the next day and request another paid leave, which he believed he was legally entitled to.

in 37 days, he married the same woman four times and divorced her three times, for a total of 32 days of paid leave.

But, before you attempt a similar stunt, you should be aware that things did not go as smoothly as the protagonist of this story had hoped. 

Since he divorced and then married the same woman the next day, the bank where he worked found out what he was up to and declined to give him another eight days of paid leave. That didn't sit well with our hero...

Following the execution of his original scheme, the bank clerk lodged a lawsuit against his employer with the Taipei City Labor Bureau, accusing the bank of violating the law by failing to comply with Article 2 of the "Labor Leave Rules." 

Employees are entitled to 8 days of paid leave when they marry, and since he had married four times, he should have received 32 days of paid leave.

The Labor Bureau investigated the incident identified by the clerk and determined that the bank had indeed violated the Labor Law. 

In October of last year, the employer was fined NT$20,000 ($700), but an appeal was filed, claiming that the employee's "malicious violation of marriage leave" was not a valid cause of leave under the "Labor Leave Rules."

The Beishi Labor Bureau reluctantly upheld the previous decision on April 10, arguing that although the bank clerk's behavior was immoral, he had not violated the law. 

In contrast, the bank had violated Article 2 of the "Labor Leave Law"...

The case went viral on social media, igniting a heated debate between those who couldn't believe such a gap existed in Taiwanese labor law and those who accused the clerk of being unfair. 

Some have confirmed that the law allows someone to pull the same stunt as described above, but no one had done so before last year