Policy Objectives and Priorities of the Ministry of Labor for 2017

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The world of work has become ever more diversified and flexible. To address these challenges, the Ministry of Labor makes every effort to develop labor policies that promote greater balance between management and labor so that all parties share the benefits of economic growth. The Ministry of Labor upholds the four key strategies: Employment Promotion and Labor Upskill, Quality Work and Safety Assurance, Labor-management Cooperation and Dialogue, and Fair Growth and Sustainable Development. These strategies echo with the President’s labor policies and align with the innovation, employment and fair distribution objectives raised by the Executive Yuan. The following are the Ministry of Labor’s policy priorities for the fiscal year of 2017. These policies are developed with the objectives for workers to have better lives, for the nation and companies to enjoy stronger competitiveness, and for the working environment to become more equal, prosperous and sustainable.

1. Promote and implement diverse vocational training programs, and encourage industries to apply occupational competency standards:
(1)Hold diverse and customized vocational training programs by coordinating between schools, private training agencies and companies, and ensure that the programs align with key national industrial policies.
(2)Hold relevant training courses that meet labor market and industry needs, and align with the five major innovative industries initiatives; establish makers’ base and self-learning sites to promote exchanges with professional mentors and across disciplines and to bridge the gap between training and practice.
(3)Develop and renew occupational competency standards, broaden industrial applications, and expand training partnerships, so as to better link training and education with industrial demands and support industrials with needed talent.
(4)Strengthen vocational training for youth based on industrial demands; Integrate public and private resources from schools and industries to hold customized trainings, including pre-job and on-the-job trainings.

2. Enhance employment service networks and support job-seekers find suitable placements:
(1)Promote the “Taiwan Jobs” brand, fully integrate the Taiwan Jobs service center, website and nationwide service locations, to provide timely, prompt, and accurate job information to facilitate job matching.
(2)To stabilize employment, provide employment incentives, cross-region employment subsidies, temporary work allowance, and incentives for the unemployed to work in shortage occupations.
(3)Enhance career guidance, provide youth with practical experience, and help clarify job-seeking directions; motivate young jobseekers to find jobs across regions and across disciplines in industries and sectors with worker shortage; track youth employment and provide counseling for the unemployed youth.
(4)Reference Japan’s “Job Card” system in organizing all the related job service records (career counseling, job matching, and vocational training) to support job seekers with job search and career planning; encourage career counselors to utilize the records when recommending jobs, providing career advice, and matching talents with job vacancies.
(5)Strengthen job-matching for middle-aged and old workers, eliminate job hurdles and assist with the usage of employment promotion tools for a smooth transition back to the labor market; study and develop designated laws to promote middle-aged and elderly employment.
(6)Strengthen re-employment for career women by connecting with currently existing community resources, developing diverse career opportunities for women looking for part-time jobs, and pooling together child care and caretaking resources; overcome hurdles and apply job promotion tools to help women attain smooth transition back to the labor market.
(7)Implement quota-employment system, 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 service, start-up consultancy and other personalized services; provide workplace accommodations to eliminate job hurdles and help people with disabilities find rewarding jobs.

3. Seek fair labor relations and bolster labor standards:
(1)Relax 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)Hold the basic wage working group meetings and basic wage deliberation committee meetings.
(4)Study and draft a minimum wage law.
(5)Review regulations for special-category workers to ensure worker health and wellbeing.
(6)Research and develop legal frameworks to safeguard the rights of part-time workers.

4. Enhance occupational safety and health standards, and provide comprehensive occupational injury insurance system:
(1)Ensure comprehensive regulations and mechanisms for occupational health service, enhance the efficiency of occupational health services and cultivate professional talents.
(2)Call for businesses to develop an assessment and control measures for occupational exposure to chemical hazards, so as to mitigate workplace hazards and prevent occupational disease.
(3)Establish a registration and model verification system to report safety information for machinery, equipment and tools, and build a information management system for border management.
(4)Implement supervisory management for production, input and user-end, to prevent employers from purchasing unsafe machines, equipment or tools to ensure workplace safety.
(5)Development back-end management mechanism for inspection and supervision, and promote tracking, inspection and investigation of back-end products.
(6)Strengthen the supervision and inspection of high-risk businesses (operations), and supervise businesses to effectively enforce necessary disaster prevention measures and management practices.
(7)Strengthen health and safety education, counseling and subsidies for SMEs and other less advantaged industries, and help businesses improve working environment.
(8)Timely revise and update related occupational injury insurance under labor insurance.
(9)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, study and 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 the old-age economic security of workers.
(3)Raise awareness regarding labor insurance laws and labor pension, and strengthen the public’s understanding of their own rights and interests.
(4)Research the possibility of multiple claim application methods, increase employer responsibility, timely revise regulations, and strengthen workers pension benefit protection.
(5)Ensure that local authorities are strengthening their inspections of businesses regarding regular monthly contribution into the labor pension account; examine and estimate annually the number of people qualified for next year’s retirement pension and make up the discrepancy to safeguard the retirement pension benefits of the workers.
(6)By holding public education events on labor pension systems and legislations, 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 allocations and increase alternative investment positions to balance investment return and risks.
(8)Implement flexible self-manage investment strategies to secure stable long-term benefits.

6. Encourage companies to implement workplace-friendly measures and promote workplace equality:
(1)Establish workplace equality and strengthen the core competencies of implementation staff.
(2)Ensure balance between the rights 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.
(5)Hold educational training and business best practice sessions to empower businesses in developing friendly workplaces; recognize and promote creative workplace-friendly measures.

7. Participate in international negotiations on labor issues to share resources, human source and markets:
(1)Hold conferences and advocacy seminars on international labor issues.
(2)Participate in consultations and negotiations on international labor issues.
(3)Review regularly work permit regulations for foreign professionals by incorporating assessment feedbacks from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and related governing authorities regarding the degree of labor market openness for foreign professionals.
(4)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.
(5)Through diplomatic channels, pursue bilateral labor cooperation with target countries who are willing to establish partnership.

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  • Publish Date:2016-06-21
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