Minimum wage to be adjusted to NT$25,250 per month and NT$168 per hour starting January 1, 2022
Highlights of the Ministry of Labor
In response to the impact of the current economic situation on labor, leading to reduced working hours under labor-employer agreements, the “Employment Insurance Promotion of Employment Implementation Regulations” were amended and promulgated to adjust the criteria for activating stable employment measures, the implementation period, eligibility criteria for applicants, and the standard of payments. The amendments aim to stabilize employment and reduce unemployment, such as by providing subsidies to make up for differences in partial wages during the period of reduced working hours.
MOL Minister Hsu Ming-chun led a delegation to Europe to attend the 5th Taiwan-EU Labour Consultation. During the visit, the delegation also met with various organizations, including the Flemish Employment Services and Vocational Training Agency (VDAB), the Belgian National Labour Council, French parliamentarians, and representatives of Worldskills France. The parties exchanged views on dignified labor policies, vocational training, social dialogue, collective bargaining, and migrant worker policies, among other issues.
The interest rate for the loan period for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Labor Insurance Insured Relief Loan was announced to be 1.973% per annum starting from the first business day in July 2023 (July 3, 2023).
To support post-pandemic economic recovery and address the manpower needs in industries such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and alleviate the shortage of caregivers in care institutions, the MOL amended the “Review Standards and Employment Qualifications for Foreign Workers Engaging in Work Specified in Subparagraphs 8 to 11, Paragraph 1, Article 46 of the Employment Service Act”.
The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) of the Ministry of Labor organized the “ASD-CBA Workshop: Best Practices for Enhancing Digital Health Care Skills”. The workshop featured special guest speakers, including Zhao Li, the Lead Shepherd of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), and Lyka S. Caritativo, the Philippine Representative Coordinator of the Capacity Building Network (CBN) of the APEC HRDWG. Furthermore, Amy Kardel, the Co-Chair of the APEC HRDWG CBN, also participated as a speaker and panelist. In addition to these distinguished guests, experts from the health care industry in the Asia-Pacific region and Taiwan were invited to share their best practices for enhancing digital health care skills through a combination of online and in-person discussions.