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
The “Ministry of Labor's Livelihood Subsidy Program for Workers Employed for Part-time Work in Response to COVID-19” was announced and applications were accepted starting from 06 28, 2021.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Ministry of Labor formulated the “Reference Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health for Work From Home” to provide the safety and health precautions for work at home in response to the epidemic situation for business units and workers and to adjust the application of the reference guidelines according to the practical circumstances.
The “2021 Youth Employment Incentive Program” was established to encourage youth to actively seek gainful employment and stabilize employment rates. Youths aged 15-29 who are employed before September 30, 2021, or discharged from military service before 06 30, 2022, will be given an employment incentive of $20,000 by the Ministry for finding a job within 90 days after completing military service and retaining the job for at least 90 days thereafter, and another $10,000 for those who have been employed for 180 days, for a total of up to $30,000 in employment incentives.
Revision of the “Guidelines for Employers Employing Foreign Workers during the COVID-19 epidemic: Notes for Foreign Workers on Work, Life and Travel Management.” Because of the clustered infection case in a certain electronics factory in Miaoli County, in order to promote the implementation of epidemic prevention work in the business establishments employing foreign workers, guidelines have been revised to include additional management standards for foreign workers’ dormitories, visits to potential high-risk enterprises, make it mandatory to segregate foreign workers, specify that foreign workers from different employers are not allowed to live in mixed dormitories, and assist the management of the target business establishments in strengthening counseling and awareness to lower risk of an epidemic outbreak. The measures to be taken by employers and the proposed measures to be taken by employers are detailed and communicated to local governments, employers' organizations, labor agency associations and representative offices of the foreign workers’ countries.
Amended and promulgated the “Peace of Mind Immediate Work Program” to relax the eligibility criteria for workers to participate in the program to nationals aged 15 or older, foreigners who have obtained permanent residency, or Mainland spouses. The working hours are revised to a maximum of 960 hours per person, and the monthly epidemic prevention allowance has been increased to a maximum of NT$2,000 depending on the work content.