Formal implementation of relevant amendments to shorten legal working hours as set forth in the “Labor Standards Act” was initiated. Key amendments include: shortening legal working hours to 40 hours per week, increasing the time required for preserving worker attendance records to five years and raising penalty levels for violations. In addition, the provision of ”Employers may, based on the needs of workers who tend to their family members, to allow workers the flexibility to adjust their starting and finishing time at work of up to one hour with no changes to the total daily work hours” was updated.
In coordination with the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act” which was amended on December 9, 2015, amendments were made to delete the provision of “Basic wage of child labor should not be lower than 70% of basic wage” and direct adjustments were made to increase the former monthly insurance salary of less than NT$20,008 for the insured under 16 years old to NT$20,008.
The Taichung City Government, in accordance with the “Ministry of Labor Commissioning to Handle Employment Center Business Implementation Plan” promulgated by Ministry of Labor on April 21, 2015, accepted the commission to run the Fongyuan Employment Services Center for employment services for three years starting January 1, 2016.
To protect workers who use hazardous chemicals, starting January 1, 2016, the Ministry of Labor implemented the “Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)” fully to be in line with international practices. This is an important milestone in Taiwan with regard to promoting chemical product management.
The “Directions of Reward Payment for Public Monitoring Report Safety and Health” was amended and promulgated to expand the scope of reporting and increase the rewards for flagging and reporting violations.
In response to statutory normal working hours being 40 hours a week staring on January 1, 2016, the Ministry of Labor amended the amount of energy related to assessment of long-term heavy work in the “Occupational Precipitating Cerebrovascular and Heart Diseases (Except for Trauma Cause) of the Identified Reference Guide”.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Directions for Derivatives Transaction for the Labor Funds” were amended and promulgated, amending criteria related to labor insurance funds engaging in derivatives transactions to increase funds operating flexibility.
László Andor, the ex-Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner of the European Commission, was invited to visit Taiwan. Arrangements were made to meet government agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development Council, and the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Commissioner Andor also gave keynote speeches at the Ministry of Labor, the European Union Centre in Taiwan, the European Union Research Centre, and the National Chengchi University. Also, he had exchanges and communications with all relevant parties on topics related to Taiwan and European labor and social security.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Utilization Directions for the Labor Funds” were amended and promulgated, amending criteria relevant to investment in equity securities, short-term bill, debt securities, fund and real estate investment trust beneficiary securities or real estate asset trust beneficiary securities. These changes enabled operations on fund to have consistent operating standards and increased flexibility in fund operations.
The “Youth Placement Flag-ship Program” was amended so that for training institutions who provide students a monthly salary of more than NT$30,000 or more, the training period may be extended from 3 months to 6 months.
Advance repayment of severance pay was approved, totaling more than NT$ 47,520,000 owed to 648 workers of Chili Lighting Corporation Limited. The funds were deposited into the accounts in financial institutions designated by applicants on February 2, 2016. This is the first advance repayment case that is related to Article 50-4 of the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act” after it was amended.
The “Government Agencies (Organizations) Use Labor Contracting Reference Principles” was promulgated, strengthening the protection of worker rights for contracting manufacturers’ stationed workers and the contract work by natural persons.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Regulations of Occupational Safety and Health Management” were amended and promulgated, adjusting the performance accreditation system of occupational safety and health management system and expanding the applicable scope of business units which must establish occupational safety and health management system.
Starting March 1, 2016, the Taoyuan City Government, in accordance with the “Ministry of Labor Commissioning to Handle Employment Center Business Implementation Plan” promulgated by Ministry of Labor on April 21, 2015, accepted the commission to run the employment services of the Zhongli Employment Center for a period of 3 years.
Announcement was made that short-term cram schools established by appointed companies may hire foreigners having international cooking related licenses with more than five years of work experiences in foreign catering industry and more than 2-year teaching experiences in famous international culinary education institutions to engage in culinary teaching.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Qualifications and Criteria Standards for Foreigners Undertaking the Jobs Specified under Article 46.1.8 to 46.1.11 of the Employment Service Act” were amended, and Chapter 5-1 was updated. These allow employers to hire foreign workers to engage in the slaughter, cutting, disintegration and dispensation of livestock or related labor which became effect on March 16, 2016.
The “Job Training and Readjustment Program” was amended, adding elderly people as applicable targets.
The "Table of Grades of Insured Salary" was amended and promulgated so that the highest grade is now NT$45,800 and being effective starting May 1, 2016.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Regulations of the Labor Health Protection" were amended and promulgated to exempt workers engaged in on-the job training of labor health service medical staff and certain temporary or short-term general workers from medical examination.
The International Federation of Training and Development Organization (IFTDO) held its 45th annual meeting in Bahrain from March 21 to 23, 2016. The Workforce Development Agency of the Ministry of Labor won the Merit Award in the Best Human Resource Development Practices Category of the 2016 Global HRD Awards with the theme of “Using TaiwanJobs Virtual and Real Integration to provide lifelong career counseling and planning services”.
The “Program for Private Groups Participation in National Activities of Employment Promotion” was amended to consider assisting social enterprise development and to clearly include the goals of social enterprise development. Provisions such as the scope of the subsidies and relevant application and results reporting procedures were also amended.
On-line working permit applications were made available for foreign professional school teachers, cram school teachers, sports, and performing artists, providing employers with a 24-hour online application option of submissions, payments, and inquiries; also, options to notify applicants of review results with emails and through APPs were provided.
Grade 20 of NT$45,800 was added to the “Table of Grades of Insured Salary” so that the applicable monthly insurance salary of the labor (employment) insurance insured with total salary of more than NT$43,900 becomes NT$45,800. To protect the interests of the insured, the Ministry of Labor used information such as wage contributing labor pension and National Health Insurance insured amount to directly adjust labor (employment) insurance salary.
The “Subsidy Directions of Safety and Health Installations for Surface Treatment Industry, Ministry of Labor” was announced, guiding and subsidizing the surface treatment industry to improve plant safety and health and to provide labor safety and healthy working environments.
Attended the 38th annual meeting and series meetings of the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and participated in the APEC 6th Preparatory Meeting of Ministers of Education to promote the “APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance”. Also reported on a new proposal, the idea of “work life quality and quality growth under global supply/value chains”; the intention was that through information gathering and the workshop approach, to jointly search for and find work life quality in APEC regional and global supply chains.
Abolishment was made for the interpretative ruling which states that students concurrently serving as part-time assistants who are hired by junior colleges and higher educational institutions and participate in labor insurance whose salaries are less than one-half of basic wage can be counted into the total number of employees in the ratio required of hiring disabled persons.
Certain provisions set forth in the “Act of Gender Equality in Employment” were amended. The key amendments include: 1) expanded applicability of the Act to include employees who need to personally feed their babies less than two years old or need to collect breast milk; their employers shall provide them with the time for feeding or breast milk collection sixty minutes a day in addition to regular resting period(s); 2) deleted the restrictions on the number of times that one can feed or collect breast milk; 3) for employees who work overtime in excess of 1 hour of daily normal work hours, their employers shall provide them with an additional thirty minutes for feeding or breast milk collection; 4) expanded the number of applicable employers from those having two hundred and fifty employees or more to those employing one hundred employees or more; such employers must provide breastfeeding (breast milk collection) rooms, childcare facilities or suitable childcare measures; 5) for victims subject to lawsuits because of workplace sexual harassment and are notified by the judicial authorities to appear in court, official leave shall be given by employers for their court appearance.
The “Subsidy Project of Advocating for Work Life Balance” was amended by increasing the amount of subsidies and extending support to companies to provide family-friendly measures.
The “Pilot Plan Subsidized by Ministry of Labor for Local Governments to Stabilize Employment of Workers with Occupational Accidents” was announced, to strengthen the assistance of occupational accident worker to return to work.
The “Directions on the Medical Examination Quality and the Health Management Ranking for Labor Physical and Health Examination Recognized Medical Institutes” was announced; through strengthening visits and results announcement and also providing employers and workers with references to select health examination institutions, interests related to labor physical and health examinations are protected.
Announcement was made that training units conducting the Health and Safety Education and Training Completion Test for “Class-3 Manager of Occupational Safety and Health Affairs” and “Class-3 Manager of Occupational Safety and Health Affairs for Construction Industry” must be held in the examination centers approved by the central competent authority and will be in effect starting January 1, 2017.
The interpretation of the establishment principles stated in Paragraph 1, Article 48-1 of the “Employment Service Act” was approved. It states that the local employer of a foreign worker must complete the employer training session held by the competent authority or its designated non-profit organization before hiring a foreign worker to provide home care or household assistance for the first time. Prior to obtaining hiring permits or continual hiring permits issued by the Ministry of Labor, employers must participate in pre-employment workshops. Employers those who have previously obtained hiring permits or continual hiring permits are not subject to this provision.
The provisions of the entire “Term of Validity, Application Procedure, and Other Documents Required by Center Competent Authorities for the Employer to Recruit the Class B Foreign Worker” were amended, being in effect starting July 1, 2016. Article 3 stipulates that those receiving care who meet specific disability items to recruit foreigners must first apply to the central competent authority within 60 days from the day the long-term care management centers completed their recommendations. In addition, for employers who apply for re-recruitment and the cared for persons meeting specific disability items or not requiring medical professional assessment, previous provisions apply. Article 4 stipulates that one who has a disability handbook and has never hired foreign domestic workers must include a diagnosis certificate which specifies one motor neuron disease. Article 6 was added, and it stipulates that for employers who are hiring foreigners to work in homecare work or become family helpers for the first time, the employers or their agents must submit pre-employment training completion certificates and family relationship certificate.
Rulings on certain provisions set forth in the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act” which were amended on December 9, 2015 would become ineffective starting June 21, 2016. Key provisions recovered include the provisions that basic wage of child labor must be no less less than 70% of basic wage and that national holidays for workers be restored to 19 days.
The amended “Subsidy Directions of Safety and Health Installations for Small and Medium Businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor” was promulgated, guiding and subsiding SMEs to improve their safety and health facilities and equipment as well as provide a safe working environment.
The three letters of file No. (1992) lao-bao 2-zi 22695 dated on August 13, 1992, file No. (1993) lao-bao 2–zi 24213 dated on July 28, 1993, and file No. tai (1993) lao-bao 2-zi 60111 dated on October 23, 1993 were abolished. This requires self-employed persons engaging in the selling and making profit through buying and selling to participate in the labor insurance through professional trade unions.
The interpretation to Article 26 of the “Labor Standards Act” on official holidays done by the Ministry of the Interior during the period when it was in charge of labor affairs was abolished; the change would be effective starting August 1, 2016.
The Ministry of Labor promulgated the interest rate for the Insured Person Relief Loan on the Labor Insurance in Taiwan for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The annual interest rate is 1.495% starting the first business day of July 2016.
To enable employers who hire foreign family caregivers and housemaids for the first time to learn more about the employment laws and regulations before employment and to strengthen the management of foreign workers, Article 48-1 of the Employment Service Act stipulates that the local employer of a foreign worker must complete the employer training session held by the competent authority or its designated non-profit organization before hiring a foreign worker to provide home care or household assistance for the first time. In addition, prospective employers must submit a certificate of attendance when they apply for employment permits. The pre-employment training system was implemented on July 1, 2016, and the public can choose to participate using one of the three methods listed: "On-line training", "at-the-counter training" or "group training". The number of pre-employment training hours required is one hour.
The number of items and services of the online application system was expanded for foreign workers, providing employers with 24-hour online application, payment and acceptance services.
The “Regulations of the Settlement Labor Insurance Disputes” was amended and promulgated. Amendments included the following: 1) the time limitation of settlement opinion provided by the Bureau of Labor Insurance, 2) addition of provisions on undertaking the application for settlement if the applicant dies after applying for examination and review or if the legal person is eliminated because of merger, and 3) amendment of the responsibilities and names of relevant authorities in accordance with the reorganization of the Executive Yuan and the amendments of Organizational Act of the Executive Yuan. The amendments became effective on July 1, 2016.
Between now and December 8, the initiative is taken to notify workers reaching 60 years old who have stopped paying for more than one year (and may be retired) to apply for labor pension. Labor pension applications are attached so that workers may apply for their pensions in order to protect their pension rights. More than 62,000 notices are expected to be sent.
As of September 30, in response to Typhoon Nepartak of July 7, Typhoon Meranti of September 12, and Typhoon Megi of September 12, the following assistance measures were provided: (1) According to the provisions of the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act, the insurance premium borne by the insured of labor insurance, employment insurance, agricultural insurance, and national pension of those who are affected by the disaster will be subsidized by the government for 6 months. The Bureau of Labor Insurance of the Ministry of Labor sent letters to the affected city/county governments to obtain the lists of victims, taking the initiative to take care of the premium subsidies; (2) Those insured with labor insurance who were injured by natural disasters may apply to the Bureau of Labor Insurance of the Ministry of Labor for payment of sickness and injury benefits starting from the day of treatment; (3) Insured units in disaster areas may apply to postpone payment of labor and employment insurance premiums and labor pension on a case by case basis for exemption from late fee penalties; and (4) Simplification of all payment and application procedures and prompt payment of pension.
The Ministry promulgated that if the documents required to be prepared when employers apply for employment of foreigners to do the work set forth in Subparagraphs 8 to 10 of Paragraph 1 of Article 46 of the Employment Service Act and if employers or foreigners applying for foreigners to change their employers or work can be verified and known from the internet, then the documents may be exempted from preparation. This promulgation entered into force on July 14, 2016.
The provisions set forth in Articles 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 of the “Directions Governing Micro-Enterprise Start-up Phoenix Loan” were amended in which the registration period for the establishing of businesses being loan eligible will be relaxed from 2 years to 5 years. In addition, one may re-apply for the loan if the amount received is within its upper limit. Moreover, business-related digital courses conducted by the government may serve as study certificates of courses required for loan applications. The loan is also available for application by 20-45-year-old youths from outlying islands.
The small and medium enterprises’ voluntary inspection and maintenance management aids were developed in order to establish the Enterprise Resource Planning system and to connect with cloud technology. By using mobile phones and PC tablets and by being in the cloud environment, the public can carry out site health and safety inspection data access queries. In addition, the connecting of system functions such as production management, decision support management, and so forth with the safety and health inspection system of the factory’s Manufacturing Execution System was planned.
Articles 18, 21 to 23 and 30 of the Regulations for Implementation of Employment Insurance Promoting Employment were amended, incorporating re-employed women into specific targeted categories of the Employment Incentive Measures. They can use the Measures to help them become employed as soon as possible once they fulfill the condition of being unemployed for 30 consecutive days.
The “Regulations on Subsidy and Standards for Establishing Breastfeeding (Breast Milk Collection) Rooms, Childcare Facilities and Measures” was amended, stipulating the definitions of breastfeeding (breast milk collection) rooms and childcare facilities and measures set forth in Article 23 of the Act of Gender Equality in Employment. The requirements for childcare measures funding subsidy were relaxed so that the employer which provides childcare allowance can apply for funds subsidy without the need of having contracts signed.
The “Safety Standard of Machinery and Equipment” was amended and promulgated to match the trend of standard development to formulate safety regulations that are consistent with international standards for better and more comprehensive labor safety and security.
The “Regulations Paying the Premium and Injury Payment of Labor Insurance and Employment Insurance for Disaster-Affected Labor Insured in the Disaster Area” was amended and promulgated, stipulating that the insurance premiums payable by the insured in the six-month period after the disaster shall be paid by the Government. In the affected areas, for those insured with labor insurance who were injured because of natural disasters, the conditions required to apply for injury payment starting from the date of treatment were relaxed. In coordination with Articles 44-45 of the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act, its implementation began on August 6, 2016.
The “Ministry of Labor Subsidy Directions for Promoting Enterprises to Improve the Working Environment and Workers Health” was amended and promulgated, to help employers create a healthful working environment and promote the improvement of the working environment and workplace physical and mental health measures. These are done to enhance the health of the workforce and to provide stability for workers to remain in the workplace.
The “Hazardous Workplace Review and Inspection Rules” was amended and promulgated, adding provisions that full-time engineering staff must sign off on the portion of occupational safety and health facilities which are related to professional technologies. In addition, amendments were made regarding the situation that if there are changes to the main classification of construction methods in workplace of category D, the parties concerned must conduct their own assessments. Regarding assessing the hazards, necessary precautions must be taken, and the construction plan and construction safety assessment report must be updated and recorded accordingly.
The “ Ministry of Labor Breastfeeding (Breast Milk Collection) Room, Childcare Facilities and Measures Operating Instructions” was amended, in coordination with the “Regulations on Subsidy and Standards for Establishing Breastfeeding (Breast Milk Collection) Rooms, Childcare Facilities and Measures” to amend the relevant norms and to increase the number of subsidy applications from once every year to twice every year.
The selection and recognition of "2016 Work and Life Balance Award" was held to select and promote enterprise creative measures from the aspects of "Work Autonomy and Achievement", "Family Care and Support" and "Physical and Mental Health and Safety".
The “Directions on Accreditation of Labor Health Examination Medical Institutes' Staff Training Units” was amended and promulgated, to update the regulations with regard to on-the-job training for medical and health personnel conducting labor health examination and their respective training institutions and also to coordinate with the administrative management system. The newly added accreditation training institutions must register the relevant information of the trainees in the education and training system.
The “Directions Governing Labor Lodging Establishments Management" was promulgated in order for labor academies and labor and recreation centers to provide labor accommodation in various cities and counties with relevant regulations of business management and safety maintenance to govern them during the statutory transitional period prior to the registration as a member of the hotel industry.
The “Regulations Governing the Labor Accommodation Operation under the Competent Labor Authority" was abolished. Having been established in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Article 24 of the Act for the Development of Tourism, the Regulations was abolished because the basis of its formulation was deleted.
The arrangement of official holidays prescribed by Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act based on the principle, “Using 7 days as one period, there must be at least 1 day of official holiday; in addition, workers must not work continuously for more than 6 days" was drafted. However, there are three categories of special circumstances which are exceptions, with the precondition of having obtained prior consent from workers.
The following provisions were promulgated: starting on October 1, 2016, the basic wage would be adjusted to NT$ 126 per hour; starting on January 1, 2017, the hourly basic wage will be adjusted to NT$ 133, and the monthly basic wage will be adjusted to NT$ 21,009.
The "Matters to Be Noted on Labor and Employer Collective Bargaining to Adjust the Official Holidays" was promulgated to serve as reference for compliance by both employers and employees regarding the drafted adjustment of official holidays.
The “Regulations for Labor Safety and Health Education and Training” was amended and promulgated for the following purposes: 1) to review and revise the education and training courses and hours of occupational safety and health management personnel, 2) to strengthen handling of the training management and informatization of training documents by safety and health education and training units, and 3) to authorize local authorities to participate in the evaluation of the training units. The objective of these measures is to enhance the quality of safety and health education and training, and the measures will be implemented starting January 1, 2017.
As of September 29, using the insurance salary of labor (employment) insurance and the contribution wages for labor pension in September 2016 as the comparison benchmarks, the operations of directly increasing the insurance salary of labor (employment) insurance according to contribution wages for labor pension and directly increasing the monthly contribution wages for labor pension according to the insurance wage of labor insurance were implemented. Both adjustments became effective starting October 1, 2016. Those of more than 1,000 labor (employment) insurance units, more than 3,000 insured persons, more than 4,000 labor pension contribution units , and more than 7,700 workers were directly adjusted. The letters of notification of the direct adjustments were sent to all units at the end of September.
The basic wage was adjusted to NT$126 per hour.
Co-organized the “Symposium and Workshop on Strategies for Strengthening Employability Soft Skills: Facilitating Quality Growth through Upskilling” with Peru, the APEC host country. The results were incorporated into the 6th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement as our contribution to the AEMMs and following Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
Amended and promulgated Articles 43 and 82 of the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Insurance Act”, adding that the insured person may claim the survivor benefits without having to apply through the insurance unit, and that those who have completed the death registration for the family member may not have to submit a death certificate nor a valid household registration form or a National I.D. photocopy of the insured person with the death registration of death listed.
Amended and promulgated Articles 7-1, 7-2, and 7-3 of the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act” to clearly specify ways to conduct the after-resignation business strife limitation agreement between the employers and the employees, as well as reasonable range and reasonable compensation for both employers and employees to follow.
Amended and promulgated the “Regulations on Aids for Legal Service and Living Expenses of Labor-Management Disputes”, expanding the support range for agent remuneration in unfair labor practice rulings; in addition to the original dismissal disputes, this amendment includes types of labor disputes such as demotion, wage reduction and other unfair treatment covered in the provisions set forth in Subparagraphs 1, 3 and 4 of Article 35 of the Labor Union Act.
Allow insured persons of labor insurance with Taiwan nationality to apply for their survivor benefits with their citizen digital certificates.
Sent staff to participate in the 2016 Nuremberg Invention Exhibition to promote the R&D results of the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor--a "PORTABLE NANOPARTICLE SAMPLER" invention patent; participated in the four-day exhibition and won a gold medal in the invention contest, raising our research profile.
Held the 2016 "National Recognition Program for Outstanding Labor Volunteers” to award the "Outstanding Labor Volunteers", "Senior Labor Volunteers", and "Outstanding Volunteer Teams", recognizing the contribution of volunteer service offered by workers around the country.
Amended and promulgated the “Operational Directions to Provide Affiliated Agencies with Subsidies for Occupational Injury Prevention and Occupational Rehabilitation for Injured Workers, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor”, modifying the subsidy standards.
Amended and promulgated the “Implementation Directions for Promoting and Establishing Network Institutes to Provide Occupational Health Services, Ministry of Labor”, providing employers and workers with accessible, sustainable, and comprehensive health services and personal health counseling service on work site, and helping employers improve working environment and promote physical and mental health in the workplace in order to develop a healthy workforce and to increase labor retention.
Amended and promulgated the “Regulations on Monitoring Working Environment”, adding that if employers monitor the concentration of carbon dioxide with direct-reading instruments in accordance with Article 11 of the said Regulations, their monitoring plans and monitoring reports are not required to be submitted in accordance with Articles 10 and 12 of the same Regulations.
Held the “APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance (ASD-CBA) and Facilitating Quality Growth through Upskilling Forum” in which representatives from a total of 18 countries attended, including those from the Philippines, Indonesia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam, and others from APEC economies and ASEAN countries. This Forum initiated the talent training and exchange component of Taiwan’s Southbound Policy, stepping onto a new milestone for quality growth.
Amended and promulgated the First grade of Table of Grades of Insured Salary to NT$21,009, enacting from January 1, 2017.
Amended and promulgated Paragraph 4, Article 52 of the “Employment Service Act”, deleting the provision specifying that foreign workers should go abroad one day on the expiration of employment permit before re-entry for work. This amendment, without compromising the employment benefits of Taiwan’s workers and under the condition that foreign workers are not applying for permanent residence or naturalization to become a Taiwanese citizen, can simplify the renewal procedures, thereby shortening the window period when employers have to fill in the vacant labor and increasing human resource flexibility, while also easing foreign workers from having to pay the exuberant agent fees.
Approved the payment standard for the “Pressure & Oxygen Tolerance Test" item in the Occupational Disease Prevention Health Check under the labor insurance.
Organized the "2016 Occupational Safety and Health Joint Award Ceremony", inviting Lin Wan-Yi, Minister without Portfolio of the Executive Yuan, to come to confer the "National Occupational Safety and Health Award" (a total of 5 companies and 1 individual awards); Minister without Portfolio Lin Wan-Yi also conferred the Five-Star Occupational Safety and Health Awards (12 companies) and Public Construction Golden Awards (a total of 7 Excellence Awards).
Amended and promulgated parts of the provisions set forth in the “Regulations for Management, Utilization and Supervision of the National Pension Insurance Fund”, modifying relevant regulations on the investment in commercial promissory notes, equity securities, debt securities and collective trust products, and ensuring consistent operation standards for fund utilization.
Amended and promulgated the “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers” in conjunction with Paragraph 4, Article 52 of the Employment Service Act amended and promulgated by the President on November 3, 2016, deleting the provisions set forth in Subparagraphs 8 to 10, Paragraph 1, Article 46 that foreign workers should go abroad one day before re-entry for work, and newly adding application procedures and regulations for former employers to continue or new employers to hire foreign workers upon expiration of an employment permit.
Amended and promulgated Articles 5, 24, 46 and 48 of the “Labor Pension Act” that workers who are sixty years or older and whose seniority exceeds fifteen years may choose to receive either monthly pension payments or a lump-sum pension payment. Giving workers more options when applying for pension and helping them plan their retirement with more autonomy and flexibility. Meanwhile, when a business entity refuses to provide information and materials or takes an unfavorable measure against employees who file complaints, the upper limit of the fine is raised to NT$300,000 from the original NT$150,000.
Amended and promulgated Paragraph 3, Article 26 of the “Labor Union Act”, adding that before the dismissal and suspension of member representatives, the worker should be given an opportunity to present his/her opinions before reaching a resolution in the general meeting of members or member representatives based on the principle of due process of law and to provide workers with procedural protection.
Amended and promulgated parts of the provisions in the “Regulations for Safety Inspection of Hazardous Machines and Equipments”, adding that fixed cranes advancing or climbing upward along the construction progress in the same construction project may be exempted from the relevant inspection items.
In order to strengthen the awareness of occupational hazard prevention among foreign workers, the "Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Prevention Exhibition" was held at Taipei Main Station in cooperation with the Association of Caring Service for Foreigners in the Republic of China. This event aimed to educate foreign workers about the common occupational hazards facing foreign workers in productive industries and social welfare sectors. The exhibition activities were meant to be both educational and entertaining, including a disaster prevention display car, and an experience area designed with different challenges, such as working at heights, climbing in limited space, ergonomic hazards, and electrical shock hazards. Participants could learn about occupational hazards and prevention methods in various working environments. There was also a display of the patents and research results by the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor.
Announced the “2017 Relief Loans for the Labor Insurance Insured Persons”. Applicants were accepted between December 23, 2016 and January 6, 2017
Amended and promulgated the “Operational Directions to Subsidize Occupational Unions and Fishermen's Associations in Providing Labor Insurance”.
Enacted and promulgated the “Implementation Regulations on Adjusted Support Measures for Labor Employment in Response to Trade Liberalization”, improving the Government's ability to provide business entities and workers with protection measures to cope with the consequences of trade liberalization, to strengthen labor employability, and to help workers stabilize their jobs, change jobs or seek reemployment
Amended and promulgated parts of the provisions in the “Labor Standards Act”, specifying that workers should have two rest days every seven days, of which 1 day is for holiday, and 1 day is for rest day to implement a two-day weekend scheme for workers; lowered the legal threshold to take special holidays, and increased the number of special holidays for workers; and strengthened the protection of worker rights to file complaints, while raising penalties.
Adjusted hourly basic wage to NT$133, and monthly basic wage to NT$21,009.ed.
Increased 0.5% of the ordinary insurance premium rate of labor insurance; calculated by 9.5% of the insured person's monthly insurance salary, plus the employment premium rate of 1%, a total of 10.5%.
With the adjustment of basic wages, amended the “Table of Grades of Insurance Salary of Labor Insurance” and the “Table of Monthly Contribution Wages of Labor Pension”. The Bureau of Labor Insurance adjusted the monthly insurance salary/contribution to NT$21,009 for the full-time workers with the labor insurance salary less than NT$21,009 and contribution wage of labor pension was NT$20,008, NT$20,100, and NT$21,000.
According to the announcement on December 12, 2016, for the Insured Person Hardship Loan under the Labor Insurance, the interest rate during the loan period of 2014, 2015, and 2016 shall be 1.4% per annum from the first business day in January 2017.
The "Supervision and Inspection Principles for Amendment of Labor Standards Act" was formulated to comply with and implement the provisions of the Labor Standards Act amended and promulgated on December 21, 2016. These principles also establish consistent rules for the competent authorities to follow when conducting labor inspections. The three steps of public promotion, counseling, and inspection shall assist and urge business units to implement the Act, so as to insure labor rights and interests.
In conjunction with the organizational reform of the Executive Yuan and the provisions of the "Labor Pension Act" amended and promulgated on November 16, 2016, the Ministry of Labor amended and promulgated Article 2, Article 12-1, Article 32, Article 34, Article 44, and Article 48 of the "Enforcement Rules of the Labor Pension Act", adjusting the name of the relevant organizations and business responsibilities, stipulating that a worker who is sixty years or older and whose seniority exceeds fifteen years may choose to receive either monthly pension payments or a lump-sum pension payment, and deleting the monthly imposition of late payment charges.
In conjunction with the provisions of the “Labor Pension Act” amended and promulgated on November 16, 2016, the Ministry of Labor amended and promulgated the provisions set forth in Article 42 of the “Regulations for the Implementation of Annuity Insurance under the Labor Pension Act” and detailed that the annuity insurance contract shall stipulate the terms and conditions for workers claiming annuity payment.
Amended and released “Dual-track Training Flagship Initiative”, to add the trainee transition mechanism.
Master and doctoral students of Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health visited the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor for international exchange of research and experiment related to health and safety, and visited Occupation Safety and Health Exhibitions where they saw how technology can help promote education for occupational injury prevention.
Amended and released Articles 5, 6-1, 7, 16, 19-1, 28, 32, 34, 40, 40-1, and 41 of the “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers”, stipulating the longest working hours per week of overseas Chinese students and foreign students and the preservation of documents in response to Internet transmission of application cases, strengthening foreign employment management, and simplifying the review process, so that relevant provisions are more comprehensive.
With the amendment of Article 28 of the “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers”, when an employer applies for a foreign worker employment permit, he/she shall be exempted from providing the health examination supporting document required for foreign manual workers.
Interpreted the principles of handling an employer’s overdue application of employment permission and of the permission for consecutive employment, and also handling employers who have never applied for employment permission. For the first situation of overdue applications, the employers will be disqualified from employing foreigners, but this will not become the basis for punishment. As for the cases when an employer has never applied for an employment permission or a permission for consecutive employment, it shall be considered that the employer is in violation of the relevant provisions of the “Employment Service Act”.
Per the Executive Yuan order, the Ministry of Labor enacted the amended Article 26 of the “Labor Union Act”. An addition provision stipulated that before the suspension or expulsion of a member, the member shall be given the opportunity to give a statement prior to the resolution made at the meeting of members or the meeting of member representatives.
Interpreted the make-up application provision set forth in Article 46-1 of the “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers”, and added the provisions set forth in Article 28-3 of the Regulations for renewal employment permission upon expiration. An employer shall make up submitting an application to the Ministry of Labor before the expiry of the effective term of the foreign worker’s employment permission; in addition, to employ the same foreigner, the make-up application is limited to one time.
Amended and promulgated the “Operation Points Approving and Managing the Training Institutions for Physicians and Nursing Staff Engaged in Labor Health Services”, adding the provisions related to the legal support in holding trainings for physicians and nursing staff engaged in labor health services and government training institutions, training types (professional training and on-the-job education and training), and the requirement to apply as a training institution.
Held the Hair and Beauty Industry Social Dialogue, inviting representatives from labor, management, government and the academia to facilitate progresses in the industry and build dialogues, and consensus were built regarding promoting industry-education cooperation, stabilizing employment, and increasing salaries.
A service was provided for employers of foreign workers to use the IC ATM Card to pay on-line the employment security fees on the “E-bill” website.
A major tour bus overturning accident occurred on No. 5 national highway. The Ministry of Labor initiated the “Travel agencies and Tour Bus Companies Joint Inspection Project”, in conjunction with the Directorate General of Highways and Tourism Bureau of Ministry of Transportation, municipality governments, and consumer protection officers to select travel agencies or tour bus companies (Class C and D) that committed frequent violations or irregularities of major circumstances, or poor evaluation, or were evaluated poorly during the joint inspection.
Completed the dividend distribution under the new labor pension system of a total of NT$51,540,820,000 in 2016 to more than 10.8 million personal accounts. Media and online announcements were also made to notify and remind the workers about the dividend distribution. Multiple channels were made available for workers to inquire the dividends and accumulated amounts of their personal pension accounts.
The Ministry of Labor held a seminar titled “Industrial Innovation and Human Capital Application of Big Data on Labor and Health Welfare” , organizing keynote speeches by experts in the industries, government, academic and research, and facilitating discussions on the issues of middle and old age employment, platform economy, labor force and employment of diverse groups, health and welfare, and human capital. The Seminar also promoted the cooperation between labor, health and welfare databases.
In order to prevent unsafe behaviors of workers in the construction industry, the Ministry of Labor held a sharing meeting on “Best Intervention Practices for Behavior-Based Safety in Construction Industry”. Through the “Guidance of Promotion Practice for Behavior-Based Safety in Construction Industry” and an effectiveness assessment on intervention of behavior-based safety in construction sites, the meeting participants shared relevant technologies to improve the behavior-based safety practices in Taiwan’s construction industry.
In accordance with the pension reform planning period, and in accordance with the consensus of the regional forums and national conference, the Ministry of Labor invited authorities, agencies, and representatives for to jointly study about drafting and filing a partial amendment to the "Labor Insurance Act" and reported by letter to the Executive Yuan for review. Since March, the Ministry of Labor also has held seminars on the 2017 labor insurance related laws and regulations (including Labor Pension Reform Program) in counties and cities nationwide. An estimated 24 sessions will be held for 4,800 participants.
10-11. 03. 2017 Jointly held the “2017 Occupational Health Symposium” with the Occupational Hygiene Association of Taiwan. The theme of this symposium is “Reaching Reality, Serving Humanity”. The Ministry of Labor presented 28 papers in total, covering the fields related to Occupational Safety and Health Management, Occupational Hazards Exposure, Operating Environment Control Engineering, Operating Environment Analysis and Testing Technology, Occupational Health Promotion, Ergonomics, Environmental and Occupation Nanometer Exposure and Hazard Risks.
11-12. 03. 2017 Jointly held “The 24th Annual Conference of Ergonomics Society of Taiwan and Academic Symposium” with the Ergonomics Society of Taiwan. The theme of this symposium is "Ergonomics + Industry 4.0 Challenges and Opportunities."In the symposium, participants shared academic achievements, and seminars were held to facilitate industry-academia interactions and enhance ergonomics and design standards. The Ministry of Labor delivered three papers in total: An Estimation of 3D Body Volume of Female Workers in Taiwan, A Comparison of the Friction Coefficient for Anti-slip Assessment Criteria of Two Kinds of Footwear, and A Survey on the Status of Aids Used by the visually Impaired Workers.
For the Development of New Zealand Social Enterprise & 2017 SEWF, the Ministry of Labor invited to Taiwan Chris O’Neill, the Venture Manager of Akina Foundation, the host of 2017, to exchange practical experiences, and promote international exchanges for social enterprises in Taiwan.
Amended the provisions set forth in Article 15 of the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Insurance Act”, and sent to the Executive Yuan for consideration. According to the amended provisions, the person in charge can sign, instead of affixing a seal, on such relevant information as the Insurance Application Form and Insurance Enrollment Application Form, in order to enhance the convenience for insurance units to apply for coverage enrollment of labor insurance for his/her workers.
With the counseling period from April, the Ministry of Labor enacted the “Implementation Plan for Counseling of Labor Standards Act”, integrating resources of the central government and local governments, and targeting industry-specific characteristics and business needs. Through ways such as "on-site counseling", "collective counseling" and "counseling application", the Plan actively assists institutions to implement the Labor Standard Act to protect labor rights.
The "2017 National Workplace Talent Cup Skill Competition Program" was held to encourage people to learn new technologies, improve the national skills level, foster friendship and technological exchanges among industry players, promote teamwork cooperation, and showcase individual skills.
Amended and released Article 6 of the “Standards for Billing Items and Amounts of Private Employment Service Institutions,” to specify that if a foreign worker continues commissioning a manpower agency to assist in the handling of relevant employment services when he/she is rehired or transferred on expiry of 3 years, the commissioned manpower agency is entitled to collect service charges from the foreign worker; however, the fee should not exceed NT$1,500 a month.
Formulated and released the “Regulations of Home Leave for Foreigners Engaged in Jobs Specified in Subparagraphs 8 to 10, Paragraph 1, Article 46 of the Employment Service Act,” to specify the requirements, number of days, procedures and other related matters for foreign workers to ask for leave and safeguard the rights of foreign workers in taking home leave.
Amended and released the “Ministry of Labor Implementation Directions for Guiding and Assisting Occupational Health Services Networks and Institutions,” to provide accessible, sustainable, and comprehensive occupational health service for businesses and workers, offer personal health consultation services, help employers improve working environment, promote workers’ physical and mental health in the workplace, and enable a healthy and productive workforce.
Executive Yuan approved the “Inspection Manpower Upgrade Plan to Safeguard Labor Rights” presented by the Ministry of Labor, which provides a total of 177 occupational safety and healthy inspector quotas for the MOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its subsidized municipal labor inspection agencies, in order to boost the manpower for occupational hazard prevention, and secure the safety, as well as mental and physical health of workers.
Co-organized a series of activities for the 2017 Workplace Safety and Health Week with Kaohsiung City Government, aiming to raise the public’s attention and awareness about the importance of occupational hazard prevention and healthy workplace, and to help domestic business owners actively implement measures that ensure the awareness about occupational health and safety and about workers’ health.
Amended and released the “Directions for MOL to Subsidize the Establishment of Breastfeeding (Breast Milk Collection) Rooms and Childcare Facilities,” and amend the application period for the second term in accordance with the newly launched on-line application system.
Amended and released Article 15 of the “Enforcement Rules of the Labor Insurance Act,” so that related information such as insurance applications and additional insurance applications sent by insured units can be replaced by the signature of the person in charge, thus making it more convenient for the insured units to apply additional insurance for their employees.
Promulgated that the “Staff Members for Examinations Held in Accordance with Educational Regulations Are Approved as the Worker Set forth in Article 84-1 of the Labor Standard Act”.
The Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with the three Science Park Administration Bureaus under the Ministry of Science and Technology, developed a self-reporting chemicals information platform that includes the functions of integrated report management, prevention assessment, and ancillary emergency response and decision making. This platform aims to prevent occupational hazards, reduce occupational injuries, and research and develop chemicals database application analysis model. The database can filter out middle- and high-risk chemical items and explore the use of chemicals with carcinogenic risk, which serve as a reference for chemical hazard prevention planning. Plans are also underway to establish a national chemical hazard information database and a national integrated chemical management system. Such infrastructure should enable the development of a smart cloud management system and AI system for chemicals, thereby enhancing chemical management performance and strengthen hazard prevention capabilities.
Formulated and released the “Labor Standards Act Regulations Regarding the Confidentiality and Processing of Violation Complaints”.
Released the “Occupational Safety and Health Supervision, Consultation, and Inspection Requirements,” to implement the objectives of the labor inspection guidelines, leveraging limited inspection manpower to enforce effective labor inspection, and adapting risk classification management for supervision, consultation and inspection.
The Ministry of Labor promulgated the “Youth Employment Pilot Program” on May 18, 2016 with a retroactively effective date on April 26, 2017. This is in accordance with the “Youth Education and Employment Savings Accounts Plan” under the Ministry of aimed to promote high school graduates to seek employment first before further education.
Held the “International Symposium on Smart Cities and Risk Management and the Annual Meeting for the Taiwan Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis (TCSRA),” to discuss labor and occupational safety and health issues: (1) prevention technologies for workplace hazard exposure and occupational disease prevention; (2) strengthened high-risk safety applications and technologies; (3) occupational health problems, risk assessment and control technologies, and (4) occupational safety and health and other topics, and possibilities for risk assessment certification.
Amended and released Article 14 of “Enforcement Rules of the Employment Insurance Act,” to delete the provisions that an insured person applying for early reemployment incentives is required to submit the national identification card or other proof of identity documents, aiming to simplify the application procedures for insurance payments.
Launched the on-line “Employer Transfer” application for employers to hire foreign workers for manufacturing work, marine fishing work, caring or helping work in households, or caring work in institutions.
Formulated the “Directions for Subsidizing Unions for Assisting Workers to Organize Corporate Unions (Industrial Unions) and Newly Established Corporate Union with Education and Training,” and the “Directions for Ministry of Labor to Subsidize Unions for Assisting Workers to Organize Corporate Unions (Industrial Unions),” to facilitate the establishment of new unions, assist with normal operation, and help workers who have the intention to organize corporate unions (industrial unions).
Amended and released the “Ministry of Labor Implementation Directions for Encouraging Unions to Sign Collective Agreements,” to incentivize unions and business units to reach collective agreements, with a maximized bonus of NTD300,000 depending on the application category.
Explained by letter the provisions set forth in Articles 8, 14 and 14-2 of the “Labor Insurance Act” with regards to the articles stipulating that if a director who does not externally represent the company, a partner who does not externally represent the business unit, or a manager appointed in accordance with the laws, if this person actually engages in work and voluntarily participates in labor insurance, his/her declaration of monthly insurance salary should refer to the income level, aligned with the treatment for employers.
“The National Training Center for WorldSkills Competition” was officially inaugurated at the MOL Workforce Development Agency Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch, which serves as a solid support for players by strengthening their skills and mental capacity, and an incubator for more outstanding contestants.
Amended and released the “Labor Contract Reference Template for Part-time Assistants in College or above,” to provide universities and colleges a reference template and safeguard the labor rights of students working as part-time assistant.
Explained by letter the provisions set forth in Article 33 of the “Labor Insurance Act” that the insured person who has been hospitalized for treatment in obstetrics and gynecology clinics to prevent miscarriage may apply for general accident injury payment according to the Labor Insurance Act.
Promulgated “The Freight Truck Transportation Industry Designated as an Industry Set Forth in Paragraph 3, Article 30 of the Labor Standards Act”.
In according with the new provisions governing two weekly rest days set forth in the Labor Standards Act, amended and released the Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act, which specifies that employers shall provide the contents and methods of detailed wage calculation, as well as calculation methods for the period of annual leave, the timing to pay out the untaken annual leave upon yearend, the amount for untaken leave, thus clarifying the rights and obligations of both employers and employees.
In accordance with the partial articles of the Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act amended and released on June 16, 2017, added provisions related to wage payments for untaken annual leave upon yearend or upon contract termination; and interpretations that conflict with these newly amended Enforcement Rules should cease to be effective from June 18, 2017.
Promulgated “The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Wholesale under the Wholesale of Petrochemical Products and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retail under Other Fuel Retail apply to Article 30-1 of the Labor Standards Act”.
Released and enacted the “Directions for the Unemployed to Engage in Care Services,” to encourage employment in home-based and community care services and boost caretaking manpower.
Held “The 18th Taiwan and Thailand Labor Meeting”. In this meeting, both Taiwan and Thailand reached a consensus on such issues as jointly strengthening the direct employment project and worker selection services, advance payment processing mechanism for accommodation and repatriation of missing workers, and drug crime prevention.
Amended “Technical workers and Messengers Working inside the Examination Room of Ministry of Examination” that the workers set forth in Article 84-1 of the Labor Standards Act promulgated on November 7, 1998 of file No. tai  lao-dong-2-zi 050333 by Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan—Ministry of Labor before restructuring, into “The Working Staff Inside the Examination Room of Ministry of Examination,” and was effective from that day.
In accordance with announcement by the Ministry of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Insurance promulgated that those who applied for labor insurance annuity in 2011 will enjoy 5.10% increase in annuity payment amount according to cumulative growth rate of the Consumer Price Index from May this year (2017). The first adjusted amount was recorded on this day, and benefited a total of more than 72,000 people; the total adjustment amount was more than NTD56,080,000, and the average adjustment per person was NTD776.
Amended and released the “Labor Contract Template for Government Agencies (Institutions) to Dispatch Workers,” to provide the public sector a reference when handling the labor procurement of dispatched workers and protect the working rights of dispatched workers.
Formulated and promulgated “The Implementation Plan for Continuous Counseling and Graded Inspection of the Labor Standards Act,” to align inspections during the inspection period following the new provisions of the Labor Standards Act; with the strategies of “continuous counseling” and “graded inspection”, and through measures such as “public education”, “consultation”, “inspection”, and “post-inspection improvement assistance” to gradually assist and urge business units to thoroughly implement the provisions of the Labor Standards Act.
From January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 handled the “Incentives for Citizens to Engage in Agricultural Employment Pilot Program”; after the pilot program expiry on June 30, 2017, the Council of Agriculture under the Executive Yuan will organize the program with assistance from Ministry of Labor.
03.07.2017-07.12.2017 The Bureau of Labor Insurance, Ministry of Labor informed people who have reached 65 years old, have suspended labor pension contribution for over one year, and have not started to claim pension payments to apply for pension through their individual labor pension accounts under the New Labor Pension System. It is estimated that more than 33,000 people will be notified.
Amended and released the “Directions of Employment Promotion Subsidies for Marriage Immigrants”, renamed the former “Foreign Spouses” and the “Mainland Chinese Spouses” as “Marriage Immigrants, and raised the hiring promotion subsidy to a maximum of NTD11,000 per month to encourage employers to hire marriage Immigrants.
Amended and released the provisions related to “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers”, “Regulations of the Employment Transfer Regulations and Employment Qualifications for Foreigners Engaging in the Jobs Specified in Subparagraph 8 to 11, Paragraph 1, Article 46 of the Employment Services Act” and “Administrative Assessment Criteria on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers”, and included foreign crew members in the applicable subjects of Living Care Service Plan to guarantee them with basic living security. Changes will be implemented from January 1, 2018.
To respond to the UN “World Youth Skills Day”, the Ministry of Labor held the "APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance (ASD-CBA): Forum of World Youth Skills Days", invited young players of eight occupation categories and experts from industries, government, and the academia from ten countries in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and World Skills International (WSI) to exchange ideas, advocating for more emphasis on enhancing youth skills.
Instructed by letter the provisions set forth in Article 14 of the “Labor Insurance Act” that new part-time employees who receive lower salary because his/her insured salary was not calculated by full month on the month when he/she started working should not be included in the average insured salary for the last three months.
Promulgated to designate “Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery And Husbandry” as the industries with flexible working hours of 4 weeks applicable to the provisions set forth in Article 30-1 of the Labor Standards Act.
Amended and released partial articles of “The Qualification and Review Standards for Foreigner Engaging in the Job Specified in Subparagraph 1 to 6, Paragraph 1, Article 46 of "Employment Service Act”, adding that when foreign spouse residing with foreigne professionals engage in part-time specialized or technical works, their salary shall be calculated on an hourly basis. In addition, a consultation mechanism was added for foreigners engaged in sports coach and athlete works, as well as artistic and show business works.
Amended the provisions of Articles 2 and 3 set forth in “Other Necessary Documents for Type A Foreign Workers.” Amendments included that foreign spouses residing with foreign professionals when applying for part-time work agree with hourly pay calculation and that application qualifications are added for sports coaches and athletes. Moreover, with Article 9 of the “Supplementary Education Act”, amendments specify that when short-term cram schools apply for hiring foreigners, they should attach the most recent six-month national good behavior document issued by the foreigner’s passport country (i.e. a proof that the foreigner has no criminal record in his/her own country).
Released the “Directions of Rewards for Outstanding Enterprises Employing Middle-aged and Elderly Workers”, to create a friendly working environment and encourage companies to attach importance to the issue of middle-aged and elderly workers.
Amended and released the “Standards for the Potentially Dangerous or Hazardous Work of the Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Workers under 18 Year-old”, to strengthen the health protection of workers under the age of eighteen.
11-26.08.2017 To strengthen the concept of occupational hazards prevention, promote employment-related information in tribal areas, and highlight the importance of occupational safety and health through actual demonstrations, four touring sessions of “Indigenous Tribe Occupational Safety and Health Education Display” were held in Guanshan Tribe in Taitung, Mataan Tribe in Guangfu, Hualien, Sakizaya Tribe in Hualien, and Keelung, outreaching to more than 3,000 participants.
The Employment Center of Taipei-Keelung-Yilan-Kinmen-Matsu Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor stationed for the first time in Matsu Office of Bureau of Labor Insurance, initiating the joint work of the affiliated units of the Ministry of Labor, aiming to effectively improve the quality of service for the people.
Amended the proclamation of file No. lao-dong-tiao 3-zi 1060130998 issued by the Ministry of Labor on June 23, 2017, among which, “Investigation Car Drivers of Ministry of Justice” originally verified as workers under Article 84-1 of the Labor Standard Act was amended to “Special Vehicles Drivers of Ministry of Justice and Affiliated Agencies”.
Invited international ergonomics expert Dr. Xiao Hongwei (a special lecture consultant of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Director of Protective Technology Division) to visit the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor. This occupation safety and health practice forum extensively covered international ergonomics research trends and prevention methods of occupational musculoskeletal injuries.
03-06.09.2017 Attended the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2017 and presented the dissertation on research results of the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor. The theme of the symposium is the global vision of injury prevention and is divided into three main axes: 1. The vision of zero occupational injuries - from vision to fulfillment. 2. Healthy work - healthy living. 3. Employee-centered prevention. The representatives from the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor and the representatives of EU, USA, Italy, Australia, Singapore, and Japan engaged in discussions on OSH issues. Their article on "Cooking Soot Hazards Prevention Improvement" was presented and garnered academic exchange on new knowledge.
At the invitation of the Filipino government, the "7th Taiwan-Philippines Joint Labor Conference" was held in Manila, the Philippines. Both parties discussed matters concerning the strengthening of exchange of Taiwan-Philippines labor affairs. Both parties exchanged ideas and agreed to jointly set up a mechanism to handle the detention, deportation and medical expenses of Filipino workers whose whereabouts are unknown. Both parties also discussed the issues of the inconsistencies in the verification of labor contracts and wage affidavits, of strengthening the prevention and control of drug use among Filipino workers, and the fee burden on fishermen coming to Taiwan.
Promulgated the adjustment of monthly basic wage to NTD 22,000 from January 1, 2018; the basic hour wage was adjusted to NTD 140.
Along with the basic wage adjustment, commenced a period of public comments for the draft amendment of the "Monthly Contribution Wages Grading Table of Labor Pension," to revise the grade 18 of monthly contribution to NTD22,000 in the draft, and is scheduled to enter effect on January 1, 2018.
Amended and released the “Regulations Governing Accreditation and Management of Medical Institutes for the Labor Health Examination”, to protect the rights of workers in remote or outlying island areas to receive physical and health examination. Also with the Ministry of Health and Welfare Hospital Evaluation and Approval of Medical Institutions Management Practices, amended the application criteria of approved medical institutions and related regulatory mechanisms and other provisions.
Promulgated the “Plan on Subsidizing Labor Inspectorate of Municipality to Urge Enterprises to Comply with Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations”, to expand labor supervision capacity, effectively urge employers to improve their working environment, and ensure the safety and health of workers by means of subsidizing the labor inspection agencies of municipalities so that they can employ professional manpower to carry out occupational safety and health inspections and counseling.
Amended and released the “Regulations on Aids for Legal Service and Living Expenses of Labor-Management Disputes,” stipulating that workers or job seekers may apply to the Ministry of Labor for a arbitration on Unfair Labor Practices, and those without the financial means may apply to the Ministry of Labor for attorney representation fees for disputes resulting from unfair labor practices specified in Subparagraphs 1, 3 and 4 of Paragraph 1 of Article 35 of the Labor Union Act.
With the adjustment of the basic wage, made an advance notice of the amended draft of "Insured Salary Grading Table of Labor Insurance" draft amendment, to adjust the insurance salary of Grade 1 to NTD22,000, and is scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2018.
Organized the "2017 Occupational Safety and Health 5-Star Award and Public Works Golden Safety Award Ceremony", to award the 5-Star Award to 8 excellent units, the Public Works Golden Award to 8 excellent construction projects, and 1 excellent performance unit of Occupational Safety Health Management System.
Held “The 5th Taiwan-Vietnam Labor Conference” in Taipei and reached a number of consensus on such issues as to establish a contact window to assist Vietnamese laborers in settling the medical expenses owed, to jointly find ways to improve the Vietnamese workers of unknown whereabouts, to promote direct employment services, to encourage Vietnamese workers to apply for the Chinese language proficiency test, and to sustain efforts in protecting labor rights.
26-27.09.2017 Held a Taiwan-Japan International Exchange conference—“Japan Construction Industry Labor Safety and Health Management System Implementation and Verification Management International Exchange Meeting and Education &Training”, to learn from Japan's experience in promoting the "Construction Industry Occupational Health and Safety Management System (COHSMS)", to enhance domestic technologies for health and safety management in the construction industry, to promote collaborative prevention of occupational hazards, and to ensure the safety of labor operations.
Basing on the insured salary of labor (employment) insurance and contribution wages of labor pension of September this year, the insured whose insured salary of labor (employment) insurance is lower than NTD43,900 (included NTD43,900) and contribution wages of labor pension was more than the insured salary of labor (employment) insurance, his/her insured salary of labor (employment) insurance was directly increased according to his/her contribution wages of labor pension; whose insured salary of labor (employment) insurance was higher than contribution wages of labor pension, his/her monthly contribution wages of labor pension was directly increased. The adjustment has been effective since October 1, 2017. This adjustment has covered over 1,000 insured (contributed) units and over 3,000 insured persons (over 2,000 wage contribution workers).
05.09-30.10.2017 In order to promote labor education, and to establish the relevant values such as labor rights and benefits, work equality, labor rights, workplace ethics and so on from the school stage, theatrical troupes were invited to perform in 55 junior high schools and elementary schools, incorporating the concept of labor value into the script. Through vivid and interesting theater performances, students were trained in the concept of right work. There were about more than 12,000 participants.
Held the praise activities for the 15th Golden Wingspan Award and the 5th Job Accommodation Creativity Contest, to commend and affirm the efforts of the award-winning organs (institutions) and personnel in assisting the disabled in finding employment, as well advocate job accommodation, and promote employment of the disabled.
Issued the “Ministry of Labor Operational Direction for Public Announcement of Occupational Safety and Health Outstanding Cases” and “Ministry of Labor Operational Direction for Public Announcement of Major Occupational Accident Cases”, and came into force on November 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017 respectively, to encourage relevant agencies (institutions), owners, business units, sponsors, project management companies, supervisory units and construction companies to maintain safety of workers, strengthen the implementation of occupational safety and health facilities, and establish an information disclosure mechanism to enhance public understanding of the workplace safety maintenance and supervision.
17.10-29.11.2017 In order to make the concept of labor deeply rooted in the school stage, especially for some students in colleges and universities already involved in the workplace, it is imperative to cultivate the correct concept of labor and implement the protection of labor rights and interests. Ministry of Labor handled the labor education advocacy in the country's 10 colleges and universities and the total number of participants was about 1,964 people.
Kaohsiung-Pingtung-Penghu-Taitung Regional Branch of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor set up the Talent Development Center, in order to integrate the labor resources in the region and assist enterprises to improve their talent development system.
Issued the amendment to the “Labor Hazard Prevention Guidelines in Response to the Deterioration of Air Quality in the Atmosphere”, to provide employers a hazard prevention reference and protect the health of workers, when the atmospheric air quality deteriorates in the working environment.
Amended “Labor Insurance Occupational Diseases”, mainly adding the knee osteoarthritis due to the work by long-term squat and kneeling posture as occupational disease (item 3.3), and including the nasal cancer/sinus cancer caused by all tree species processing dust (wood flour) as occupational disease (item 5.22).
Abolished the “Manager of Credit Cooperatives Apply to Article 84-1 of Labor Standards Act” and came into effect on January 1, 2018.
Proclaimed the “Staff of Paddy Inspection, Procurement and Drying Practice in the Harvest Period Apply to Article 84-1 of Labor Standards Act”.
25-27.10.2017 Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor and TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) handled the treaties exchange ceremony for the “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Vocational Education and Training Cooperation”, “Taiwan and Australia Bilateral Working Group Meeting”, and “APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance (ASD-CBA) Project Workshop and APEC Skills Development Capacity building Alliance Institute (ASD-CBAI) Opening Ceremony”, in addition to promoting the follow-up cooperation between Taiwan and Australia as the MOU's implementation results, carried out communication on the promotion of the application of functions of various countries and the trends of human resources development, and announced the launch of a new milestone in the cooperation and exchange of human resources in New Southbound Policy.
Bureau of Labor Insurance notified by letter the 2018 rate change of insured units applicable to Actual Rate of Occupational Disease Insurance of Labor Insurance. There were 11,952 insured units applicable to actual rates, of which 8,916 were deducted and 2,196 were added by occupational disaster insurance, and 840 kept the original rate.
Held the “Metal Surface Treating International Workshop on Workplace Improvement and Results Presentation”, inviting the experts and scholars from Germany, the United States, Japan to Taiwan sharing the foreign innovation concept from the source to improve the factory safety and hygiene process, and significant improvement of domestic manufacturers to share with the whole plant process equipment replacement, in order to drive other surface treatment industry to break the bottleneck, copy the successful transforming experience, change the stereotype of surface treatment industry as the 3K industry, and transform into an internationally competitive industry.
Released the Quality Evaluation Results of 2016 Private Employment Services Agency Engages in Multinational Human Resources Agency Services.
Opened the online application of the “extension of transfer” and “data transfer” application cases for employers’ employing foreign workers to engage the work of manufacturing, marine fishing, home-caretaker, domestic helpers and institutional caretaker.
Amended and released the grade 1 of monthly insured salary of Labor Insurance set forth in “Table of Grades of Insured Salary” to NT$22,000 and will come into effect on January 1, 2018.
Amended and released the grade 18 of monthly contribution set forth in “Table of Monthly Contribution Wages of Labor Pension” to NTD22,000, and will come into effect on January 1, 2018.
08-10.11.2017 In order to promote the development of talent in the aging society, the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with the Tze Chiang Foundation of Science and Technology, co-organized the “ATD 2017 Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition”, invited domestic and foreign production, government, academia and research experts, a total of more than 1,000 domestic representatives, and 240 foreign scholars from 22 countries such as the United States, Japan, Singapore and other countries. In the annual conference, the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor presented an academic paper regarding “To carry out labor market intelligence, innovation, technological development, labor and functional development in the aging society”, and collected international new knowledge.
Amended and released the “Labor health Protection Rules”, in line with Article 22 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to expend by phase the implementation of the business units with the labor force of more than 50 people, for labor health protection issues, and in response to the emerging occupational disease prevention, to amend the check items for engaging in the operations of chromic acid and its salts and other special hazards to health.
20-21, 23-24, 28-29.11.2017 In order to promote public understanding of labor issues and occupational safety and health related knowledge, three sessions of “2017 Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health Research Results Presentation” were held in North, Central and South Taiwan to promote the research findings on labor and occupational safety and health to industry, business units, and students in colleges and universities. The activities include topics, forums, issues published and publications sales, attracting a total of 1,055 people attended from health and safety professionals of business units, workers, and teachers and students of Department /Graduated Institute of Health and Safety of colleges and universities.
21-22.11.2017 Minimum wage was increased from NT$21,009 to NT$22,000 starting January 1, 2018 and the amended “Table of Grades of Insured Salary” and “Table of Monthly Contribution Wages of Labor Pension ” came into effect on the same day. Bureau of Labor Insurance thereby directly adjusted the insured salary and contribution wages. In order to facilitate the administration and protect labor rights, Bureau of Labor Insurance printed the notice on the back of the October issue of the premium and pension note to generally advise the amended contents of grading table to insured (contributory) units and reminded them of the precautions to be taken.
27, 30.11.2017 In order to promote the importance of establishing a chemical database, the convenience of self-declaration platform and sharing experience in chemical management, Ministry of Labor held a seminar on the current status of the use and management of chemicals in Hsinchu Science Park and Central Taiwan Science Park respectively, to help business units improve chemical management capacity and performance, with more than 90 participants.
Amended and issued “Regulations for Start-Up Assistance for the Unemployed of Employment Insurance” to extend the employment insurance unemployed entrepreneurial loan application eligibility, and added new rules such as loan re-application, practical operation and disaster assistance.
Amended and issued Article 2 of “Hazardous Work Place Review and Inspection Regulations”, to adjust the review scope of dangerous workplace of category D (Construction Project), simplify the document censorship process, and strengthen on-site supervision and inspection.
Held the “National Occupational Safety and Health Award”, to award the Excellent Benchmark to 3 enterprises, the SME Safety and Health Special Award to 1 enterprise, the Traditional Industry Safety and Health Investment Special Award to one enterprise, and the Occupational Safety and Health Dedication Award to 2 enterprises.
Approved and explained regarding that if the insured person who requests payment is still the person in charge of the other arrears insured unit or is prosecuted or is subject to enforcement obligations because of the arrears of insured unit itself, the insurer should temporarily refuse to pay according to the provisions, before the premiums and delinquency charges are paid according to law.
12-13.12.2017 Held the “2017 Fostering Inclusive Growth - Equal Employment Opportunities Policies and Practices Workshop”, inviting representatives of APEC economies such as Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam, officials of the Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and other domestic experts and scholars to jointly discuss and share experiences on prevention and control of employment discrimination and gender equality.
First held “The Excellent Performances of Competent Authority in Conducting the Occupational Safety and Health Work Awards”, to give the Excellence Award to four agencies, including Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and the Good Award to three agencies, including Ministry of Defense, in order to serve as an example of the promotion of occupational safety and health services in the future by other government agencies and private sectors, thereby enhancing the overall domestic safety and health culture.
To master important issues such as the impact of technological development on labor relations and labor laws, employment diversification in the cyber age, legal issues concerning the use of modern communications software, and labor disputes, Ministry of Labor held the 2017 Technology Development and Labor Law Symposium. Scholars and experts in the field of labor laws gave speeches and held talks with the people on various topics to be discussed extensively so as to learn other experiences for our country. It attracted nearly 200 participants.
To safeguard the health of workers, Bureau of Labor Insurance, Ministry of Labor handled the 2018 Health check Announcement for Prevention of Occupational disease, in addition to taking initiative to send the applications and application roster by letter to the insured units who were possibly exposed to the working environment particularly damaging to a healthy, and requested by letter Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor, and health and labor inspection authorities of counties and cities to Help propaganda. At the same time, requested counties and cities labor administrative authorities to transferred the notice to enterprises unions under the jurisdiction for the matters of health check, in order to safeguard the insured health check rights.
Approved and explained regarding that during the labor dispute proceedings, due to whether the employment contract is valid or not, between the insured people after involuntary resignation and the original employer, the time limit of 2-year request right elimination for the insured people to apply for job registration was suspended due to prosecution, and should be recounted subject to the determined judgment.
25-26.12.2017 Held the “2017 Taiwan-Japan Unfair Labor Practices and Labor Litigation Seminar”, to exchange the experience in systems between Taiwan and Japan, in view of such issues as the establishment of the labor litigation system, the labor claims for work and wage, and the pattern of employer's dominant intervention.
Issued the “Regulations for Military Replacement Service for Official Members of the National Team in International Skills Competitions”, to encourage young official members of national team to replace their military training with skill training, and win national honors and fulfill military service obligations.
Hourly minimum wage was adjusted to NTD140 per hour, and monthly minimum wage was adjusted to NTD22,000 per month.
The minimum wage was increased into NTD22,000 from NTD21,009 that “Insured Salary Grading Table of Labor Insurance” and “Monthly Contribution Wages Grading Table of Labor Pension” were adjusted accordingly. The grade 1 of monthly insured salary was amended to NTD22,000, and the grade 2 NTD21,900 was cancelled, and the direct adjustment operation of insured salary was handled. Monthly contribution wage NTD21,009 and NTD21,900 for Full-time staff which were directly adjusted into NTD22,000. There are total more than 2.91 million people whose insured salary of labor insurance and more than 1.2 million people whose monthly contribution wages were directly adjusted into NTD22,000.
Proclaimed and formulated “Approved Long-term Night-work Laborers and Its Specific Health Examinations Conducted by Employers”, and conducted temporary examination for a period of two years starting January 1, 2019 to strengthen the health protection of long-term night-work laborers and establish local data as a reference for subsequent policy measures to protect the physical and mental health of workers.
Proclaimed and handled the "2018 Labor Insured Relief Loans" during the application period January 12, to 26, 2018; more than 88,000 beneficiaries of labor, with a total allocation of more than NT$8.86 billion.
Launched the “2018 Strengthening Labor Inspection Program during Chinese New Year” for 33 days. Through strengthening inspections, propaganda, and counseling measures, urged the business units to implement various disaster prevention mechanisms, and to comply with the relevant regulations for overwork protection, so as to ensure the safety and happiness of the labor families during the Chinese New Year. The program period is until March 5, 2018.
In response to the earthquake disaster in Hualien, the Bureau of Labor Insurance and the Ministry of Labor immediately dispatched personnel to the site of the disaster area to collect information on the list of casualties and insurance type, assisted the disaster-insured and their family members to apply for relevant insurance benefits; and actively coordinated relevant units of Hualien county government to obtain the injured person's hospitalization list, dispatched personnel to visit the injured in the hospital and assisted in processing related payment applications. A total of 17 victims were killed in the Hualien earthquake, and 5 were nationals. Among them, 3 were involved in labor insurance, and the other 2 had received the old-age pension payment for labor insurance and old-age one-time payment for labor insurance respectively; another nine Chinese passengers, two Canadian passengers, and one Philippine caretaker. And Labor Insurance Bureau provided labor insurance premiums, free (deferred) payment of employment insurance premiums, and injury benefits, to reduce disasters laborers’ and unit’s burden.
Held “Printing Dyeing & Finishing Industry Safety Health and Employment Promotion Cooperation Launch Activities.”; Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor, and Taiwan Regional Association of Filament Fabrics Printing Dyeing & Finishing Industries, Taiwan Textile Printing Dyeing & Finishing Industry Association jointly signed the “Security Partners Declaration” and invited the Industrial Development Bureau, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor to participate in the event, combining cross-organizational resources to jointly improve the industrial competitiveness of the printing dyeing & finishing industry.
Released the “Regulations on the Work Permit and Administration of the Foreign Professionals Engaging in Arts and Performing Arts”, with the provisions set forth in Article 10 of “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals”, to stipulate that foreign professionals in Taiwan who are engaged in such four kinds of art work as Performing & Visual Arts, Publishing, Movie, Broadcasting Television, and Pop Music, and Crafts, and other artistic work certified by the Ministry of Culture, and meet the relevant qualifications listed in the above regulations may, not through employer, apply for personal work permit to Ministry of Labor.
Released the “Application Case and Reviewing Operation Directions for MOL Processing under Article 17 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals”, with the provisions set forth in Article 17 of “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals”, to stipulate that for those professionals who have obtained alien permanent resident certificate (APRC) in foreign countries and whose adult children have been identified by the National Immigration Agency and Ministry of the Interior as complying with the required requirements, they may apply for a work permit from Ministry of Labor.
Amended and released partial articles of “Standards for Hazard Prevention of Industrial Robot” to enact Collaboration robot Related safety regulations.
26.02.-02.03.2018 Attended the APEC 43rd Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) Annual Meeting, the Labor and Social Protection Network (LSPN) and the Capacity Building Network (CBN) meeting, and exchanged views and reports with various economies on the labor policies being promoted. We also reported “Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth by Enhancing Social Protection in the Digital Age" initiatives in this year, which has received the attention and endorsement of many economies. It also served as the CBN international coordinator to chair the meeting and reported the APEC Skills Development Capacity Building Alliance (ASD-CBA) program, held bilateral meetings with the New South-Bound countries, to develop exchanges and cooperation in vocational training, cultivate industrial manpower, and link market with economic and trade benefits.
Proclaimed to abolish that “President's Office, Vice President's Office and Office of the Secretary-General's Office messengers” are applicable to the provisions set forth in Article 84-1 of Labor Standards Act; proclaimed to designate “Wedding Photography Industry of Photography Industry” and “Mass Rapid Transit System Transportation” as the industries set forth in Paragraph 3, Article 30 of Labor Standards Act; proclaimed to approve “Tourist Guides and Leaders” and “Funeral Services Workers of Funeral Arrangements” as the worker set forth in Article 84-1 of Labor Standards Act.
Enforced the new amended articles of Labor Standards Act and Enforcement Rules of the Labor Standards Act Chinese; enforced the application scope of the proviso set forth in Paragraph 2, Article 34 of Labor Standards Act; enforced the designated industries set forth in Paragraph 4, Article 36 of Labor Standards Act.
The New System of Labor Standards Act has been implemented since the day. To protect labor rights and demonstrate the government's determination in law enforcement, Hsu Ming-Chun, the minister of Ministry of Labor and colleagues of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, together with the Labor of Bureau, Taipei City Government conducted joint inspections of labor conditions in "Kuo Kuang Motor Transport King Bus Taipei Station," and instructed local authorities and labor inspection agencies to strengthen labor inspections, urging industry owners not to take any chance and should abide by laws and regulations to create a win-win situation.
02-16.03.2018 Cooperated with Ministry of Economic Affairs to conduct the “2018 Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Labor Jointly Promoting the Labor-Management Conference Project,” strengthening and implementing the labor-management conference for the business units of industrial park subordinated to Ministry of Economic Affairs. There were three sessions of explanation activities handled, involving 251 participants.
Completed the distribution reveals operations of more than NT$140 billion 690 million revenue, the 2017 application earnings of New Labor Pension System Fund into about 11.16 million individual pension accounts, and notified workers the earnings distribution information through the media and the Internet, and provided multi-channel inquiries on the earnings distribution amount and accumulated amount of individual pension account.
07-09.03.2018 Held the “2018 International Congress on Occupational Health”, Inviting scholars and experts from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore and professionals in the field of occupational health in Taiwan to share international trends and exchange practical experience and practices with domestic labor inspection agencies and occupational health-related professionals for the issues how to promote "Hazard Exposure Assessment Effectiveness and Risk Management" and "Workplace Health and Physical and Mental Health and Overwork Management".
Amended and released “Labor Dispatch Rights Guiding Principles” and “Matters Should Be or Not to Be Stipulated in Dispatch Labor Contract,” including the precautions of dispatch transferred to official employment, in order to Improve employment stability.
Amended the “Standards of Permissible Exposure Limits at Job Site”, adding the allowable exposure standards for harmful substances as 1-Bromopropane, and corrected the allowable concentration values of three harmful substances as acetone, hydrogen bromide, vinyl chloride and other.
Released the “Qualifications and Criteria Standards of the Employment of Foreign Professionals Engaging in Professional Knowledge or Skills for Short-term Supplementary Learning Centers,” and with Article 6 of the “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals,” opened short-term cram schools may apply to Ministry of Labor for hiring foreign professionals to engage in teaching work with specific knowledge or technology, and which will take effect traceably to the implementation date will follow the February 8, 2018, the implementation date of “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals”.
Attended the 47th annual meeting of International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; since both the “Industrial Talent Training Base Project” presented by Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch, and “Industry-Academic Cooperation Training Plan” presented by Taipei-Keelung-Yilan-Hualien-Kinmen-Matsu Regional Branch, Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor won merit awards of Human Resources Development Award, two units attended to receive the award.
Amended and released Articles 13 and 15 of “Enforcement Rules of the Employment Insurance Act,” increasing such provision that when the insured applies for unemployment benefits after expiry of attending vocational training and not being introduced for employment, or after applying for unemployment benefit, and then attending vocational training while applying for the vocational training living allowance, he/she is no need to prepare a photocopy of a passbook issued by a domestic financial institution.
23-24.03.2018 Held “The 14th Destruction Science Symposium”; handled a special lecture, three technical symposium, including petrochemical equipment suitability inspection technology; total 54 papers were published by 9 times, and the rests were presented in a poster manner. The results include upgrading the inspection technology and monitoring of dangerous machinery and equipment in Taiwan, and promoting the R&D results of Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor.
Amended and released Article 67 of the "Enforcement Rules of the Labor Insurance Act", and with the "Regulations for National Health Insurance Reimbursement of the Self-advanced Medical Expenses," amended related standards of Injury Insurance medical reimbursements.
30-31.03.2018 In order to implement the Vocational Education and Training Memorandum (MOU) signed by Taiwan and Australia, MOL held “Embracing the Digital Future through Upskilling ASD-CBA Workshop,” together with Australian Office Taipei, CEO of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), and training experts from industry, government, and university, to deeply discuss the Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition(MICE) Skills Enhancement International Class, certification Internationalization and Talent Training. It is expected that we can jointly integrate an Asia Pacific Occupational Competency Standard Docking Framework to train High-quality Industrial Manpower.
In response to the enforcement of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals, employers are accepted to apply for employment of foreign specific professionals in the areas of science and technology, economics, education, culture and arts, sports, finance, law, and architectural design, and some sections of the "Job Application Forms Regarding Category A Foreign Employees" were amended and effective from February 8, 2018.
Amendment and announcement for the "Youth Employment Pilot Project" were made to include that an employer's representative shall participate in workshops or events to enhance guiding skills and training quality.
In order to protect the labor rights of workers who have applied for labor pension and are engaged in work again, monthly compared the labor insurance and labor pension data from this month, and for the first time sent notification to insured units, who contributed labor pension for workers only and did not participate in occupational Injury Insurance, may apply to participate in occupational Injury Insurance. A total of 4,840 units are notified.
The Labor Director Workshop was held to invite the national labor directors and the trade union’s president who assigns directors to get together. In addition to explaining the important labor policies of the year, suggestions from the labor directors and trade union partners were listened. The Ministry gets closer to the needs of the workers through such exchange of opinions.
Announcement of "Operational Guidelines for Subsidy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor for Improvement on Safety and Health at Workplace of the Surface Treatment Industry" was made. The application period for the subsidy of 2018 is from May 1 to October 31.
In order to strengthen the determination of safety leadership, the Ministry invited 60 CEOs from enterprises such as Taiwan Power Company, CPC Corporation, Dragon Steel, affiliated companies of Formosa Plastics Group. The "High-Risk Enterprise CEO Work Safety Leadership Summit" was convened at the Refining Business Division of CPC Corporation. The Minister personally presided over the summit meeting and held discussions with the CEOs on safety and health management issues such as equipment replacement.
In celebration of the May 1 Labor Day, the Ministry held the National Model Workers Recognition Ceremony with the motto “We support each other and work together.” for the 2018 "May 1 Labor Day" at the Taipei New Horizon on April 30, 2018 to affirm workers’ efforts and contributions to the national development and social economy.
In order to better services for the coastal area of Chiayi County, the Bureau of Labor Insurance has set up the "Chiayi County Service Station" in the city of Putzu, where the county is located. The service time is from 08:30 to 17:30, Monday to Friday; the services encompass insurance information request and annuity trial calculation, and application for addition/cancellation of insurance and various benefits.
Amendment and announcement for the “Important Matters for the Fines Prescribed under the Labor Insurance Act” and “Important Matters for the Fines Prescribed under the Employment Insurance Act” were made. The main point of this amendment is that if an offender is unable to pay a payment penalty at one time due to economic difficulties, s/he may apply for paying in installments. Also, the amount of a fine exempted from compulsory enforcement is subject to reduced.
Amendment and announcement for “Qualifications and Criteria Standards for Foreigners Undertaking the Jobs Specified under Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act” were made. Removal of the workplace restrictions on employers hiring foreigners for art and performing arts work was made. Considering that some agencies have been reorganized to administrative corporation, the revision of employer qualifications has been made to meet practical needs.
Amendment for Points 2 and 4 of the “Other Necessary Documents Required for Employer's Application for Employment of the First Class of Foreigners” was made to be in consistence with the amendment and announcement made on February 8, 2018 for Article 21-1 of “Establishment and Management Guidelines for Short-Term Tutorial Schools”, clearly indicating the proof of good conduct prescribed under “Supplementary Education Act” referring to no criminal records of having committed sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, or sexual bullying, or conducting injurious to the rights and interests of a child or youth as stipulated in the Article 9.6 of the Act.
May 17- July 30, 2018 A total of 24 presentations, with 4,800 participants, for the laws and regulations related to labor insurance and employment insurance were made in counties and cities across the country.
Amendment for the “Important Points for Compensation Payments Handled by Ministry of Labor to be Made to the former RCA Taiwan Limited’s Workers Died for Work-Related Illnesses” was made. Concerning the RCA pollution incident, compensation payments will be continuously made to the workers died as a result of suffering specific cancers or illnesses added to the reference list based on the second instance judgment.
Amendment and announcement for Article 5 and 6 of the “Regulations for Revenues, Expenditures, Safeguard and Utilization of the Labor Retirement Fund” were made, which has increased the foreign investment ratio to 60% to increase flexibility to shift the asset allocation and investment performance.
May 31- Jun. 01, 2018 “International Symposium on Diagnosis, Reporting and Compensation of Occupational Diseases and Injuries – 10-Year Results and Future Outlook of Diagnosis, Reporting and Compensation of Occupational Diseases and Injures in Taiwan” was conducted, showcasing the accumulated experience and achievements in the prevention and treatment of occupational injuries and illnesses in Taiwan over the past 10 years. Three experts from the UK, Japan and South Korea, and a number of professionals in Taiwan were invited for experience exchanging and sharing.
Bureau of Labor Insurance has enabled the public to pay for insurance premiums for National Annuity, Labor Insurance, and Labor Pension at the Family Mart Convenience Store if the public uses credit cards issued by Cathay United Bank, Taishin International Bank, E.Sun Bank, CTBC Bank, Union Bank of Taiwan, and Fubon Bank; the latter two of which are newly added banks.
Promulgation of “The Designated Automatic Electric Shock Prevention Device for AC Welding Machine is the Equipment Specified by the Central Competent Authority As Stipulated in Article 7.1 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act” was made, with effective from July, 1, 2018.
The Ministry has connected the database of the National Immigration Agency, being able to actively cross check and consolidate foreign workers’ passport numbers, to simplify the procedures for employers to hire foreign workers.
Amendment and announcement for “Directions Governing Development of New Occupational Classification or Adjustment of Occupational Classification for Skill Certification for Technical Staff” was made, which incorporates adjustment of occupational classification into the assessment and consulting process to be in line with the policies from competent authorities for business objectives, to promote the skills certification business, to synchronize the trend of industry development, and to meet the needs of the employment market.
Amendment and announcement for “Selection and Commendation Plan for National Talent Development Awards” were made to relax the qualifications for registration, cancel the qualification limits for each TTQS assessment item, and link the scoring standards to the development and application of the occupational competency standard to reward the implementation of talent development performance, establish a model of learning, enhance the level of the overall talent development, and strengthen human resources development in Taiwan.
Amendment and announcement for Point 3 of Appendix I and Point 6 of Appendix II of the “Operational Guidelines for Employment of Foreign Construction Workers for the Major Construction Projects Invested by Private Institutions and the Important Construction Projects Contracted by the Government Agencies or Public Institutions” were made. For Class A under the indicator “Particularity”, "Nuclear Power Generation Project" was revised to "Railway Reconstruction Project"; for the indicator "Scale", a classification method was added to a non-urban planning area.
By using the data of taxation and salary income of 2017, the Ministry checked the consistency of the data of Labor Insurance, Employment Insurance, and contribution wages for Labor Pension to increase contributions and then sent a notice and name list to the enterprises related to such an adjustment on June 27 and July 27 respectively. Also, premiums for Labor Insurance, Employment Insurance, and Labor Pension have been charged based on the amount increased from the date (July 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018) of the adjustment.
Announcement letter for “Special Visiting Program Providing Living Care Services to Foreign Workers” was sent. By conducting joint visits of local fire, construction management, and labor inspection agencies, the labor authorities of local governments check to see if employers have properly taken care of foreign workers’ life in Taiwan to protect the basic living rights of foreign workers.
Expanding implementation in phases in accordance with Article 22 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, business entities employing a total number of 200 to 299 laborers in the same workplace shall employ or contract medical personnel to conduct laborers’ health management affairs from July 1, 2018.
Jul. 01-Aug. 19, 2018 The 2018 Aboriginal Tribal Occupational Safety and Health Roadshow Plan - Including Labor Insurance, National Pension Insurance, and Employment Service and Consultation" was held in Sanxia, Changbin Township in Taitung County, Toufen Township in Miaoli County, and Mataian in Hualien County. The consultation services related to the promotion of labor rights such as occupational disaster prevention, labor insurance, national pension insurance, and employment services were provided through the Ministry and its respective units, which strengthens the service effects for the indigenous workers and the general public. The events were held in conjunction with the aboriginal ceremonies and festivals and that occupational safety and health education and labor rights consultation services were provided to the tribes with a large number of tribal peoples. They were invited to participate in the events and were provided with relevant pamphlets, information and professional consultation to ensure each tribe would understand issues such as work safety and prevention of occupational hazards so that the occurrence of occupational disasters can be effectively reduced and indigenous workers’ safety and health can be protected.
Jul. 05, 2018 In order to actively promote the Executive Yuan’s policy in response to worker shortage, the Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan Regional Branch of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor worked with the Yongkang Employment Center for the establishment of the Youth Career Development Center in Yongkang Dist., Tainan City so that career counseling services for the youth in Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan areas can be provided.
The 2018 International Conference on Occupational Health Services was held. Experts of occupational health services from the United States, Singapore, Japan, South Korea were invited to share workplace health promotion practices and exchange experience.
Jul. 13-Aug. 01, 2018 Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor and Chinese Society of Sound and Vibration co-conducted the event for the on-site visit and counseling for the Noise Engineering Control Planning for New Plants for 8 times; 8 metal manufacturing companies such as RECHI PRECISION CO., LTD were invited to provide suggestions for improvement on noise working environment at plants.
In order to promote the government's digital services and provide more convenient and diversified application channels, the Bureau of Labor Insurance, Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of the Interior jointly planed the “One-stop Convenience Service". From now on, people can apply for birth benefit under the labor insurance and national pension insurance, or family member death benefit under the labor insurance when they go to a household registration office for birth or death registration, which makes the procedure easier; be able to complete the household registration and benefit application at one time.
To improve laborers’ health protection, the payment standard for “blood indium” included in a health check to prevent occupational disease under labor insurance was approved.
The official letter was issued to state that according to Article 5 of the Employment Insurance Act, those who are eligible for the pension benefit under civil servants' insurance and withdraw from it shall participate in employment insurance if they are employed again before receiving the pension benefit.
The 19th Taiwan-Thailand labor conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand. To strengthen the labor cooperation between Taiwan and Thailand, Huang, the Director General, Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor and her team participated in the conference. Both sides exchanged views on issues such as establishment of effective mechanisms to deal with illegal Thai laborers owing medical expenses and to strengthen advocacy for Thai laborers’ anti-drug and prevention of drunk driving.
Jul. 22-Aug. 06, 2018 Labor Minister Hsu attended the 2018 National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO) Conference, delivering the speech “Taiwan’s labor policy in response to new changes”. In her speech, she not only shared relevant data of Taiwan’s labor market, but also explained the five national policy directions and six labor policy claims, urging that the United State and Taiwan strengthen cooperation to enhance bilateral relations.
The seminar for the guidance need on the production safety management was held twice at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology on July 23, 2018. A total of 17 industry experts were invited to discuss the industry's need for guidance on 9 management items including production safety information, production hazard analysis, operational procedures, education training, contract management, safety review prior to launch, equipment completeness, emergency planning and response, and trade secrets.
The Letter of Order numbered 10760175231 under the Bureau of Labor Insurance, the Ministry of Labor was issued to amend the Point 2 of The Main Points of the Craft Unions and Fishermen’s Association Handling Labor Insurance Subsidy Operations. After presentation of arrears roster and payment made prior to the end of the next month of the grace period, craft unions and fishermen’s associations will be subsidized by NT$10 per person per month based on the number of the members who made a late payment. Also, those whose original insurance premium rates have met the subsidy standard within the prescribed time limit will be subsidized, taking effect from Oct. 1, 2018.
The Ministry of Labor revised and publicized Article 4 of the Regulations on Subsidy and Standards for Establishment Breastfeeding (Breast Milk Collection) Rooms, Childcare Facilities and Measures, increasing the maximum amount of subsidy given to an employer for the construction of new childcare facilities from NT$2 million to NT$3 million to further encourage employers to build childcare facilities and create a family-friendly workplace environment.
Aug.05-14, 2018 The "Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Prevention Exhibition Event" was held at the Taipei Flora Expo Square, the Taipei Main Station, and the Taroko Park Kaohsiung. The activity was designed to include experience areas such as electrocution prevention, chemical hazards, limited space, the fall prevention on the elevated facility, and noise hazard prevention so that workers will know more about the importance of occupational safety by means of teaching and learning, and personal experience, which would fully implement occupational accident prevention measures. In addition, the work safety animation and films such as “Critical Moment”, made by the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor and won the international first prize, were played at the event site, which helped the public further understand the potential hazard factors in different work environments, and learned relevant prevention knowledge to create a win-win situation for reduction of workplace accidents and promotion of workers’ health.
“The industry as specified in Item 4 of Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act” was amended and announced, and effective from the date.
Aug.06-10, 2018 The 48th National Skill Competition cum Member Selection Competition for the 45th WorldSkills Competition was held. A total of 788 young players from all corners of Taiwan gathered together for hands-on competitions for 3 days, and WorldSkills Flag Relay Ceremony was conducted. The national champions of the old, middle and young generations were invited to pass the WorldSkills flag on. Minister Hsu affixed the emblem of the 32nd WorldSkills Competition held in Taiwan in 1993 on the flag to reflect the past glory and inspire the players of the National Skill Competition there
The official letter was issued to relax the provision of Article 19-2 of the Employment Insurance Act. Parents who raise two children at the same time and apply for childcare leave without pay according to the Act of Gender Equality in Employment may apply for the allowance for childcare leave without pay provided by the Bureau of Labor Insurance in the name of different children during the same period.
The Executive Yuan agreed to amend The Standard List for the Payment of Various Business of Skills Certification Granted by the Ministry of Labor to ensure that the skills certification business can continue to be promoted smoothly in response to fluctuations in the price index and increase in basic wage in recent years.
The Signing Ceremony for Health Partner of the Precision Machinery Manufacturing was held to combine the inter-departmental and local resources to help the industry create a safe and healthy working environment for workers.
Amendment to the Operational Guidelines for Encouraging Unemployed Workers to be Employed in the Care Service Industry (formerly the Operational Guidelines for Encouraging Unemployed Workers to Engage in the Care Service Industry), which has transferred the incentive allowance for institutional care services employment provided based on the Operational Guidelines for Encouraging Unemployed Workers to Engage in the Care Service Industry to the operational guidelines amended, and revised its name. In addition, in order to diversify types of care services, eligibility requirements for employers have been lowered, community-style temporary accommodation and group homes were added, and small-scale multi-functional and long-term care stations for an opportunity to breathe have been provided to acquire more manpower for the care service industry.
Aug.28-Sept.12, 2018 The International Specialized Course on Talents and Skills Enhancement in the Exhibition Industry was conducted. Participants including high-level industry-government-academia representatives from Australia, Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan were jointly trained in our exhibition industry elite course, which is in combination with partnership resources of international and domestic exhibition industry’s associations and international cooperation, enhances the training effectiveness for being internationalized, and assists industries to expand to the New South- Bound market and build up social networks
For the first time, the 2018 Being Creative to Show Yourself - Labor Creativity Selection Campaign was held for students from the colleges and universities. The campaign briefing was issued to encourage such students to develop their ideas and integrate the concepts of labor rights into performing arts such as drama, dance and singing, and their performances were recorded as films for the registration to participate in the labor material selection campaign. The total prize amount was NT$360,000.
To encourage (vocational) high school graduates to work first and pursue further studies later, the Ministry of Labor has promoted the "Youth Employment Pilot Project" in line with the Ministry of Education's "Youth Education and Employment Savings Account Scheme". Also, the Ministry held the employment matching activities for the youth on August 31, 2018, including the employment matching services provided by designated persons, five large-scale divisional matching project activities, 13 talent recruiting events, and 33 youth pre-employment training classes.
In cooperation with the Executive Yuan’s policy for the "Mobile Payment for the First Year", the Bureau of Labor Insurance under the Ministry of Labor has added the online payment services based on the nationwide payment network for the labor (employment) premium and the labor pension. The account charge-off number and the QR-Code are added on the payment slip. In addition to the payments made through ATM machines, the public can also make payments by using the mobile phone (tablet) to scan the QR-Code on the payment form so as to link to the "e-Bill National Payment Network" for online payment, or to download the "Taiwan Pay" App.
In order to strengthen labor rights and the concept of labor ethics to be taken root at school, the "Strengthening Labor Concept - Campus Tour Training Activity" from September to November, 2018 was held. The troupe was invited to perform at elementary schools, junior high, senior high, and vocational schools across the country. A total of 100 lively and dramatic performances, allowing students to understand the concept of labor, were held.
In order to facilitate corporate social responsibilities related to workers’ rights and interests to be properly fulfilled by listed companies, the Ministry communicated with relevant units such as the Financial Supervisory Commission for the adjustment of the review method for Holding Labor-Management Conferences According to the Law, that is to say, a company shall submit the Copy of the Minutes of the Labor-Management Conferences Held According to the Law and the Current Roster of Representatives for Laborers and Management to the Ministry and obtain the receipt for the submission. This measure will be implemented in phase starting from January 01, 2019 and has been in the promulgation period until the end of the year.
Amendment to the Common Principle of Calculation of Fines for Violations of Labor Standards Act will be in effect from Oct. 01, 2018.
The announcement was made that the basic monthly salary will be NT$23,100 and the basic hourly salary will be adjusted to NT$150 since January 1, 2019.
The award ceremony for the Five Star Award for Excellent Occupational Safety and Health Enterprise and the Public Construction Golden Quality Award was held. For Five Star Award, 8 business entities won the award and for the Public Construction Golden Quality Award, 11 construction projects were awarded for excellent work and 16 projects for good work.
The award ceremony for the 2018 National Excellent Laborers & Volunteers Awards was held to recognize the contribution of laborers and volunteers to labor affairs. A total of 152 laborers and volunteers and 5 teams of laborer volunteering service won the award.
The Executive Yuan approved the amount of the subsidy for the administrative affairs fee for craft unions, fisherman associations, and the labor insurance is adjusted to NT$12.5 per person starting from 2019.
The National Labor Directors Professional Knowledge Training Activity was held. With a face-to-face communication joined by nearly 80 labor directors and presidents of labor unions throughout the country, Minister Hsu listened to recommendations for labor policies. Also, she proposed in the meeting that in order to protect the unions’ association rights and avoid the labor unions in central and southern Taiwan paying big round-trip transportation expenses for their attendance at the ruling meetings, which may result in a financial burden on the unions and lead to their unwillingness to apply for the ruling, the proper transportation expenses for the labor unions to be at the ruling meetings will be subsidized so as to assist workers in seeking rights and interests through the ruling mechanism.
The Key Implementation Points for the Transportation Subsidy for Labor Unions to Attend the Ruling Meetings for Improper Labor Behavior was formulated and would come in force on September 20, 2018. The purpose of the formulation is to remove the financial barriers of labor unions by way of subsidizing their necessary transportation expenses when they apply for ruling cases. It is hoped that this will increase the willingness of labor unions to use the ruling mechanism.
Amendment to the Subsidy for Local Governments to Conduct the Nurse Aide Training Program" and the Subsidy for Local Governments to Conduct the Nurse Aide Self-training and Self-use Training Program for Employing Units was issued. More subsidies will be given to train the teachers staying at their hometowns or outlying islands and to local governments for conducting subsequent hands-on training programs to be in line with the promotion of the core online training for nurse aide by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. In addition, self-training and self-use plans will be carried out; restrictions for the on-the-job training will be relaxed; and the retention ratio after training will be adjusted so as to expand the training capacity.
The assessment for local governments to supervise and promote business entities to abide by the labor conditions act in 2016 and 2017 was made. The outstanding local governments were Labor Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government, Labor Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government, Department of Labor, Taipei City Government, Department of Labor Affair, Hsinchu City Government, Labor Affairs Department, Yunlin County Government, Department of Labor Affairs, Pingtung County Government, Labor Affairs Department, Yilan County, Labor and Youth Development Department, Miaoli County Government, and Society Service Division, Taitung County Government. Minister Hsu personally presented the awards at the 3rd National Labor Administration Heads Conference.
The Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor conducted the “Internet of Things Cross-Domain Talent Education and Training Course”. In addition to professional lectures, application cases tour was planned. A total of 40 participants went to the Formosa Plastics Corp’s (FPC) sixth naphtha cracker complex for the study including emergency response in the plant and the application of the Internet of Things to safety and health inspection systems.
2018 Director General Tzou of the OSHA led his team to attend the 11th Academic Conference in 2018 for the International Conference on Occupational Hygiene and visited the US OSHA, received by Douglas Kalinowski, Director of the Department of International Exchange and Interstate Cooperation. They also visited the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), received by Dr. John Howard in person and visited Professor David Michaels, the former Director General of OSHA, at the George Washington University for academic seminars, exchange of practical experience, and sharing of promotion result of Taiwan’s occupational safety and health.
Minister Hsu attended the press conference for the premiere of the short film of labor rights and interests. She acted as a female worker, “Minister A-Chun”, in the film, communicating important concepts of labor by singing and speaking. At the press conference, she interacted with the students from different colleges and universities and she sang and danced to remind the public to have correct labor concepts.
With its invention patents of "Powder Disperser and Its System" and "Stair Climbing Auxiliary Carrying Machine and Its Expansion Module", Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, Ministry of Labor participated in the patent invention competition for the 2018 Taiwan Innotech Expo held by the Ministry of Economic Affairs at the Exhibition Hall 1 of Taipei World Trade Center and won 1 gold and 1copper awards.
- News From：Department of General Planning
- Publish Date：2016-09-19
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