Highlights of the Ministry of Labor

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20.12.2019-03.01.2020 Implemented the 2020 Insured Person Hardship Loan Program under the Labor Insurance, benefiting 72,000 workers with a total loan amount of NT$7.2 billion.


Adjusted monthly basic wage from NT$23,100 to NT$23,800. Along with this adjustment, MOL amended the “Insured Salary Grading Table of Labor Insurance” and the “Table of Monthly Contribution Wages Classification Table of Labor Pension.” The first grade of monthly insured salary of labor insurance was adjusted to NT$23,800. To ensure the rights of the insured, for full-time insured persons originally insured at a monthly salary of NT$23,100 in December 2019, their insured salary under labor insurance and employment insurance was adjusted to NT$23,800, and this same adjustment applied to the full-time workers whose monthly contribution wage was lower than the basic wage. The insured salary adjustment benefited 2.83 million workers under the existing labor insurance and employment insurance schemes, while the monthly contribution wage adjustment benefited 1.14 million workers under the labor pension system.


Implemented the Small and Medium Enterprise On-site Health Services Subsidy Program initiated by MOL OSHA; this program targets companies whose number of labor insurance insured employees is under 200, provides subsidies to employ dedicated medical staff or to pay for on-site services delivered by health service professionals or related workers, and aims to promote measures that safeguard workers’ health.


According to the announcement on December 17, 2019, concerning the Insured Person Hardship Loan under the Labor Insurance, the interest rate during the loan period of 2017, 2018, and 2019 shall be 1.39% per annum from the first business day in January 2020.


To strengthen protection for workers’ insurance rights and to make it more convenient for insured units to join or withdraw from insurance coverage, MOL Bureau of Labor Insurance (BLI) drafted the “Directions for Online Pilot Program For Insured Units To Apply For/Withdraw From Insurance Coverage;” Upon MOL’s revision and approval on December 31, 2019, the Revisions took effect on January 1, 2020, which was then made public by BLI on January 7, 2020; through this online program, insured units may apply for or withdraw from insurance coverage ten days prior to when the insured person joins the enterprise/ association or starts the training, or when the insured person separates from the enterprise/association or ends the training; the insurance takes effect from the day the insured unit completes the application for or withdrawal from the insurance coverage.


Announced the amendments of the “Regulations for the Implementation of the Employment Promotion Allowances,” which relaxed the household registration copy requirements for indigenous people and for those who independently support their family’s finances; other revisions included removing the article related to employment referral matching allowance and increasing the interest subsidy amount for business start-up loans.


Announced the amendments concerning Article 3,4,6, and 7 of the “Guidelines for Issuing Rewards for Whistleblowing against Violation of the Employment Services Act;” the amendments stipulated the requirement to clearly describe the violation and the determining principles for issuing the rewards; the amendments took effect as of January 8, 2020.


Announced the amendments in the “Scope of Application for Paragraph 2 of Article 34 of Labor Standards Act,” which took effect from January 17, 2020.


Announced the amendments in “The Employment Qualifications and Review Standards for Foreigners Engaging in the Jobs Specified in Subparagraph 8 to 11 of Paragraph 1 of Article 46 of the Employment Service Act,” which stated in Article 10 that families may apply to hire foreign housemaids if they have 3 children or more at the age of 6 or younger, or 4 children or more at the age of 12 or younger with at least 2 of them who are 6 years old or below; this measure aims to create a family-friendly workplace and to ease the burden for families with multiple children.


Formulated “The Guidance for Workplace Occupational Safety and Health Protection in Response to COVID-19 (Wuhan Pneumonia)” to support enterprises in complying with relevant laws and thoroughly implementing necessary safety and health measures to prevent and control the epidemic outbreak.


MOL supplemented an addition NT$20 billion for the Labor Insurance Fund to increase its revenue.


Announced the abolition of “The Regulations Stipulating that Article 84-1 of the Labor Standards Act Applies to Non-military Security Staff at the Ministry of National Defense.”


Announced the amendments made in “The Recharge and Restart Training Program” to include the business entities and workers whose operation/working hours are affected by COVID-19, which is in accordance with the disease control mandate defined in the “Communicable Disease Control Act”; the amount of training subsidies is also increased to support business entities and workers.


MOL ILOSH (Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor) was selected as an Outstanding Employer in hiring R&D Substitute Service members.


Announced the amendments concerning the “Enforcement Rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” which clearly defined the employers’ responsibility to take precautions in preventing wrongful harm, specified the duty concerning the investigation and determination of wrongful harm, strengthened the responsibility of business entities for safety management, and outlined the necessary emergency and rescue measures to take in case of occupational accidents; the amendments took effect from March 1, 2020.


Announced the amendments concerning Article 286-3, Article 324-7, and Article 325-1 of the “Regulations for the Occupational Safety and Health Equipment and Measures” and also made public the “Safety and Hygiene Guideline for Food Delivery Workers (Version 3)” to safeguard the health and safety of food delivery workers, which took effect as of March 4, 2020.


MOEA Bureau of Standards, Metrology, and Inspection (BSMI) recently announced new standards for personal fall-arrest systems (CNS14253-1~6). To develop and meet new inspection requirements, BSMI visited MOL ILOSH on March 3, 2020 to discuss potential cooperation on testing the fall protection equipment and products. Both parties decided to form a working group to discuss follow-up solutions concerning equipment, human resources and business needs.


For the Labor Pension Fund (New Fund), the returns for 2019 reached NT$267.07 billion; the Bureau of Labor Funds completed and announced the distribution to approximately 11.8 million accounts; the distribution announcement is available on the internet and in different media outlets, while a diverse range of channels allow workers to inquire about their Labor Pension Personal Accounts and look into the return distribution and pension cumulative amounts.


Announced the amendment of the “Implementation Guidelines to Subsidize Civic Organizations Commissioned by Administrative Agencies to Handle and Mediate Labor-Management Disputes”; starting from April 1, 2020, when mediators from civic organizations are involved in labor disputes, they are covered by basic accident insurance with a maximum annual insurance premium subsidy of NT$1,200; this measure aims to provide basic protection for mediators so that they can fully devote themselves to dispute settlement without having other concerns and that mediators can cooperate with government to improve the labor dispute settlement and mediation system in Taiwan.


Announced the amendment of the “Approved Industries in Paragraph 4 of Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act,” which took effect as of March 6, 2020.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, MOL has announced guidance on suspension of premium payments for labor insurance and employment insurance, as well as pension contributions; MOL Bureau of Labor Insurance (BLI) is accepting applications from April 1 to September 30, 2020, and grants a six-month suspension period from February to July of 2020; once the suspension period ends, employers and employees still have to make payments for the period without having to pay interest on late payments; application forms and frequently asked questions are all available at the BLI official website for business entities and insured persons of trade unions.


July 2020 marks the 15th year of the New Labor Pension Scheme; accordingly, workers with 15 years or more work seniority are eligible for monthly pension payments or a lump-sum payment; MOL Bureau of Labor Insurance adds on its official website a “Simple Calculation of Monthly Pension Payments” to serve as a reference for workers in deciding how to collect their pension payments.


Implemented “The Relevant Measures to Strengthen Disease Control and Prevention among Migrant Workers”; two main areas of work include: first, suspending the introduction of migrant workers and minimizing cross-border movement, and secondly, urging employers to thoroughly implement disease prevention and control measures; these measures encourage employers to renew the employment contracts of their migrant employees and to seek new workers within Taiwan, and require migrant workers to temporarily refrain from returning to their home countries; an “inbound migrant worker home quarantine plan” is also required to close any loopholes caused by migrant worker movement and to keep the nation safe amidst the global outbreak.


Announced the “Grant Program to Promote Work-Life Balance”; in accordance with the disease prevention and control measures outlined in the “Communicable Disease Control Act” and to provide workers with stable employment, the Grant Program encourages employers to broaden the scope of workplace work-life balance measures, while also increasing the subsidy amount, adding more subsidy items and extending the application period.


Announced the amendment of the “Directions of Subsidies for Business Entities to Improve Working Environment and Promote Workers’ Physical and Mental Health in the Workplace;” per the amendment, subsidy amounts are increased and business entities with 200 to 299 employees are now covered under the Directions, which further support employers in improving the working environment and implementing workplace health promotion measures.


Announced the “Directions of Subsidies for Rubber Product Manufacturers to Improve Workplace Safety and Health” to help the traditional 3K industries (dangerous, dirty and demanding in the Japanese language) in improving workplace safety and health and in promoting employment opportunities in these industries; rubber product manufacturing is selected as a focal industry for 2020; the Directions took effect from April 1, 2020.


Announced the amendment on Article 2 and 3 of the "Regulations of Military Replacement Service for Official Members of the National Team in International Skills Competitions" to ensure equal rights for national athletes approaching military service age to apply for military replacement service; the Regulations also apply to national athletes in the young adult group.


In respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, MOL announced modified measures under "The Directions for Phoenix Micro Business Start-up Program" to ease the financial burden on the lenders and create job opportunities; The Directions extended their inclusion and allowed the lenders to suspend payment of loan interest and to extend the repayment period for one year.


Announced the Reassurance Employment Program to counter the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Taiwanese job market; to stabilize employment, the government provides subsidies to make up for differences due to reduction in wages and working hours; employees may receive a maximum monthly subsidy of NT$11,000 for 6 months at most.


Announced the “Interpretative Directions Concerning How Wages and Working Days During Quarantine Leave and Disease Prevention Family Care Leave Are Not Counted in Average Wage Calculation,” which took effect from January 15, 2020.

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  • Publish Date:2016-09-19
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