Policy Objectives and Priorities of the Ministry of Labor for 2019

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Policy Objectives and Priorities of the Ministry of Labor for 2019

Members of our labor force are important drivers of economic development, but they are often relatively weak. It is the duty of the Ministry to seek the best benefits for all workers and to create better working environments. The Department's "Better Workforce, Better Labor Life" Campaign presents a vision for governance, in response to the president's labor policy proposition and the Executive Yuan’s three objectives: "safe work", "safe workplace" and "safe labor". This policy of innovation, employment and distribution, represents the Ministry’s drive to continuously plan policies with promotes employment and enhances the well-being of the labor force.

1.Promote multiple channels for vocational training and popularize application of the occupational competency standards across industries:
(1)Conduct training courses that meet the needs of industries, and actively promote relevant personnel training in line with key national industrial development goals, the Long-Term Care 10-Year Plan 2.0 policy, and the manpower needs of the job market.
(2)Strengthen youth vocational training based on the needs of industries and youth career development trends; integrate training resources among schools and industries in accordance with the needs and development stages of different sectors; hold public-private customized training programs including pre-job and on-the-job training.
(3)Encourage industries and training partners to extensively apply the occupational competency standards and to popularize educational training verification in line with the major national industrial policies to support industries in need of talent.

2.Enhance employment service networks and support job-seekers to find suitable placements:
(1)Enhance job matching networks; integrate diversified employment service channels; and provide timely, prompt, and accurate job-related information to increase efficiency of job matching services and actively promote national employment.
(2)Provide employment incentives, cross-region employment subsidies, temporary work allowances, and incentives for the unemployed to work in occupations facing labor shortage; help unemployed workers to stabilize employment; and encourage employers to employ domestic labor for care services.
(3)Provide effective career counseling for young people; facilitate clarification of employment orientation; apply relevant employment promotion measures to promote suitable employment.
(4)Planning to use customized in-depth career counseling, integrating employment services and vocational training resources, and providing award subsidies to promote youth employment.
(5)Strengthen job-matching for middle-aged and old workers; eliminate job hurdles; assist with the usage of employment promotion tools; and promote designated laws for the promotion of middle-aged and elderly employment for such labor to create a friendly employment environment.
(6)Promote employment services for second-degree employment women, use employment promotion tools, develop flexible and diverse job opportunities, and provide women's employment support in conjunction with civil society and online resources to help eliminate employment barriers and return them to the workplace.
(7)Implement quota-employment systems, utilize incentives and subsidies, and encourage employers to hire and develop job opportunities.
(8)Employ vocational rehabilitation case management services, including providing career counseling, vocational training, employment agencies, start-up consultancy and other personalized services; provide workplace accommodations to eliminate job hurdles and help people with disabilities find rewarding jobs.
(9)Use the employment promotion plan to help the unemployed to work in local areas and provide entrepreneurial counseling services, along with interest subsidies for entrepreneurial loans to help micro-entrepreneurs.

3.Seek fair labor relations and bolster labor standards:
(1)Perfect regulations on labor union organization; assist workers in organizing unions; and promote collective bargaining.
(2)Establish a legal framework to protect dispatched workers and their labor rights.
(3)Promote a minimum wage law and safeguard the basic life of labors.
(4)Review regulations for special-category workers to ensure worker wellbeing.
(5)Research and develop legal frameworks to safeguard the rights of part-time workers and enhance the labor rights of those contracted to work hourly.

4.Enhance occupational safety and health standards, and implement a comprehensive occupational injury insurance system:
(1)Promote the labor health service system and enhance the physical and mental health of workers.
(2)Promote systematic mechanisms for hazard exposure, assessment and control of chemicals harmful to the health of workers.
(3)Promote input control and back-end management of machinery, equipment or other apparatus of the work place.
(4)Strengthen the labor inspection of high-risk businesses (operations), effectively supervise industries to implement necessary measures for disaster prevention and management.
(5)Strengthen the use of supervision, guidance, and inspection measures to supervise and assist business units to reach compliance with labor laws and regulations.
(6)Timely revise and update related occupational injury insurance under labor insurance.
(7)Develop independent laws for occupational injury insurance.

5.Complete retirement pension system and strengthen protection for worker claims:
(1)Strengthen legal systems for labor insurance, and related studies, improve additional labor insurance application, and review plans and measures regarding labor insurance payment and labor pension.
(2)Push for pension act amendments in accordance with the labor insurance fiscal improvement initiative so as to ensure economic security of workers in their old-age.
(3)Raise awareness regarding labor insurance laws and labor pension, and strengthen the public’s understanding of their own rights and interests.
(4)Timely review regulations; strengthen employers’ understanding of their responsibilities; and protect the rights and interests of workers entitled to pensions.
(5)Ensure that local authorities are strengthening their inspections of businesses regarding regular monthly contributions into labor pension accounts to safeguard the retirement pension benefits of the workers.
(6)Hold public education events on labor pension systems and legislation, raise awareness and broaden understanding of labor pension systems among both workers and employers, and encourage workers to voluntarily contribute to the labor pension account and increase retirement income.
(7)Optimize fund allocation and increase alternative investment options to balance investment return and risks.
(8)Implement flexible self-management investment strategies to secure stable long-term benefits.

6. Encourage enterprises to promote/implement workplace-friendly facilities/measures and promote workplace equality:
(1)Pursue a legal system of equal rights in the workplace; strengthen propaganda education and complaint handling.
(2)Ensure balance between the right to work and family caretaking responsibility, so workers can enjoy better work-life balance.
(3)Encourage employers to provide breastfeeding rooms and childcare facilities, so as to promote a breastfeeding-friendly workplace.
(4)Encourage and incentivize businesses in implementing workplace friendly measures, so that workers can balance between work, family, and personal life.

7. Participate in international negotiations on labor issues to share resources, human source and markets:
(1)Participate in consultations and negotiations on international labor issues.
(2)Review regularly work permit regulations for foreign professionals by incorporating assessment feedback from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and related governing authorities regarding the degree of labor market openness for foreign professionals.
(3)Actively recruit foreign graduates and overseas Chinese graduates of Taiwanese universities to work in professional jobs in Taiwan with an aim to cultivate and retain talent.
(4)Through diplomatic channels, pursue bilateral labor cooperation with target countries who are willing to establish partnerships.

  • News From:Department of Planning
  • Publish Date:2016-06-21
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