Policy Objectives and Priorities of the Ministry of Labor for 2018
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 2018. 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 multiple channels for vocational training and popularize industrial application to apply the occupational competency standards:
（1）Conduct the training courses that meet the needs of industries, and actively promote relevant personnel training in line with key national industrial development , 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 industrial needs and the youth career development direction; integrate training resources from school and industries in accordance with different needs of development stages; hold public-private customized training such as pre-job and on-the-job training.
（3）Promote industries and training partners to extensively apply the occupational competency standards and popularize educational training verification in line with the major national industrial policies to support industries with talents needed.
2.Enhance employment service networks and support job-seekers to find suitable placements:
（1）Enhance job matching; integrate diversified employment services channels; and provide timely, prompt, and accurate job-related information to better the efficiency of job matching and actively promote national employment.
（2）Provide employment incentives, cross-region employment subsidies, temporary work allowance, and incentives for the unemployed to work in shortage occupations; assist labor to work stably; 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）Apply the “Job Card” system and make use of the service history records such as career counseling, job matching, and occupational training to provide employment services and occupational training resources for facilitation of 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 be back to the labor market smoothly.
（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.
（9）Use the employment promotion plan to help the unemployed to work in local areas and provide entrepreneurial counseling services and 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）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）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 apparatus.
（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 comply 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, 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）Timely revise regulations; strengthen employers’ responsibilities; and protect the rights and interests of labor’s pension.
（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 enterprises to promote/implement workplace-friendly facilities/measures and promote workplace equality:
（1）Perfect the legal system of equal rights in the workplace; strengthen propaganda education and complaints handling.
（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）Participate in consultations and negotiations on international labor issues.
（2）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.
（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 partnership.
- News From：Department of Planning
- Publish Date：2016-06-21
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