Taiwan couple marries four times in 37 days to take advantage of honeymoon law

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Work smarter, not harder. Photo credit: Getty.

One Taiwanese couple has given new meaning to the phrase 'work smarter, not harder' after taking advantage of a legal loophole which requires them to get time off work after getting married. 

According to the New York Times, paid "marriage leave" was introduced in Taiwan in 1984 as part of other employment benefits such as public holidays and time off for illness and bereavement.

But keen to make the most of the holiday period, the Taiwanese couple found a way to maximise it: by divorcing three times and marrying four in just over a month. 

After the story went viral on social media, Taipei's Labour Department confirmed this week the anonymous bank worker had claimed a total period of 37 days paid leave - around eight days for each of the nuptials, plus weekends. 

According to CTV the man's employer refused to pay out the leave and was subsequently slapped with a fine of TW$20,000 (NZ$930) by the city labour department for violating the regulations. 

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Vivian Huang, deputy mayor of Taipei, said she was "speechless" about both the ruse and the ruling.

"In this case, it is obvious that the employee deliberately used marriage leave to profit from it. This obviously violates the principle of good faith," she wrote. 

While the fine against the bank was dropped, the unnamed groom is reportedly still seeking reparations for his leave, as there are currently no restrictions on how often an employee can apply for marriage leave.

We could see that law changing very soon.