Highlights of the Ministry of Labor

  • Last Modify Date:2019-07-03


Increased the ordinary insurance premium rate of labor insurance by 0.5%; bringing the ordinary insurance premium rate of labor insurance to a total of 11%, calculated as 10% of the insured person's monthly insurance salary, plus the employment premium rate of 1%.


Adjusted monthly minimum wage increased from NT$22,000 to NT$23,100. Along with this adjustment, MOL amended the “Insured Salary Grading Table of Labor Insurance” and the “Monthly Contribution Wages Classification Table of Labor Pension.” The first grade of monthly insured salary of labor insurance was adjusted to NT$23,100, and the second grade of NT$21,900 on the original table was removed. For those full-time staff under the new labor pension system whose original contribution wage was NT$22,000 and NT$22,800, the contribution was adjusted to NT$23,100. This adjustment benefited 2.91 million workers under the existing labor insurance system, and 1.25 million workers under the new monthly contribution labor pension system.


Amended and promulgated the “Table of the Premium Rate for Occupational Injury and Disease Insurance by Covered Industry” in Public Letter Lao-Dong-Bao No. 1070140518. This amendment maintains the 19 main categories and 55 industries. The on-and-off duty accident premium maintained at 0.07%, the average accident premium by industry at 0.14%, and the occupational accident insurance rate at 0.21%.


According to the announcement on December 14, 2018, for the “Insured Person Hardship Loan” under the Labor Insurance, the interest rate for the loan period of 2016, 2017, and 2018 shall be 1.39% per annum from the first business day of January 2019.


Amended the workplace learning and readjustment plan, added "drug users" as applicable targets, relaxed restrictions on the number of subsidized persons under each employer unit, and specified the maximum number of subsidies for each year, so that employers can continue to provide workplace learning opportunities and support the disadvantaged in seeking employment.


14.01-31.03.2019 Established the "Implementation Guidelines for MOL to Subsidize Unions in Utilizing Mobile Communication Software" to strengthen union development, distribute union information, and improve services for union members. The public announcement and application period was from January 14 to March 31, 2019.


Organized the "2019 Implementation Plan to Strengthen Labor Inspection during Lunar New Year", urging companies to strengthen disaster prevention practices for high-risk operations and to comply with regulations to prevent overwork. The implementation period was from January 15 to February 20, 2019. The inspection covered 5,984 business units, and resulted in 185 forced to suspend operations, and 637 penalty fines equaling a total penalty amount of 33.174 million NT dollars..

Labor Minister Hsu led staff from OSHA and other related agencies in conducting a joint labor inspection of Taiwan Railway Qidu engineering operations.


Amended the industries specified in Paragraph 4, Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act. The amendment was announced and took effect from January 23, 2019.


Convened the 28th Consultation Group Meeting on Transnational Labor Policy. The meeting presented an action plan to welcome Taiwanese businesses to return and invest in Taiwan. The meeting also agreed to introduce foreign workers into sectors of dairy farming and dispatched farming.


Issued a letter for employers that stated, when employing technical assistants with working hours and living allowances which do not meet the level of full-time workers, employers may refer to the notes column of the “Insured Salary Grading Table of Labor Insurance” to declare the insured salary levels for these part-time workers.


Announced that lathes (including CNC lathes) and machine centers are machineries designated by the central competent authority, to take legal effect from August 1, 2019.


Issued a circular letter to explain that if an employee personally needs to take care of two or more children under the age of three and applies for unpaid parental leave, such an employee has “justifiable reasons” according to Article 22 of the Gender Equality in Employment Act, so the employer should grant the parental leave.


Amended and released the “Enforcement Rules of Protection for Workers Incurring Occupational Accidents.” In accordance with the implementation of the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, all discriminative wordings about “the disabled” were revised as “persons with disabilities.”


In accordance with the Ministry of Health and Welfare in managing folk therapy practitioners, the Ministry of Labor established the “Technician Certification Qualifications for the Occupational Category of Traditional Bonesetters and Folk Manipulative Service Practitioners” to develop and establish certification criteria for this occupational category.


Amended and released the “Subsidy Guidelines to Promote the Application of Occupational Competency Standards” and revised it into the “Subsidy Guidelines to Develop Occupational Competency Standards and Occupational Competency-based Curriculum.” This new set of guidelines included new items for subsidy, increased subsidy amounts, and extended the program implementation period. Based on these guidelines the program accepts regular applications, encourages the development of occupational competency standards and occupational competency-based curriculum, enriches talent training content for industries, and addresses the occupational competency gaps.


      Announced that the Employment Service Act (Article 24, Paragraph 1, Item 10) would include persons over 15 and under the age of 18 who are not employed and not in school. Those who meet the qualifications may apply for vocational training, living allowance, job-seeking transportation allowance, and temporary work allowance. Subsidies are also available for skill certification fees for technicians. Other subsidies and allowances for workplace education and readjustment are also available to promote employment and financial autonomy.


Organized the "Roundtable on Occupational Health Practices" and invited foreign experts from the United States and South Korea, as well as local industry actors, government officials, scholars and researchers to discuss topics like "integrating resources from different areas to enhance occupational health effectiveness" and "the feasibility of introducing labor health exposure risk assessment into the process safety evaluation system.” These discussions enabled sharing and exchanges among participants and helped to increase implementation effectiveness and raise the professional standards of occupational health in Taiwan.

Labor Minister Hsu, OSHA Director General Tzou and experts from from the Roundtable on Occupational Health Practices with Vice President Chen.



07-08.03.2019 MOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), MOL Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health (ILOSH), EPA Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau (TCSB), and the Taiwan Occupational Hygiene Association (TOHA) co-hosted the 2019 International Conference on Occupational Hygiene at Chang Jung Christian University. Experts from different countries discussed ideas, technologies and policy practices on topics including industrial hazard identification, exposure and health risk assessment, environment and food inspection, indoor air quality, chemical management practices, health promotion and management, respiratory protection technologies, bio-detection, operational environment monitoring, operating environment control engineering, occupational safety and health management systems, and occupational psychology.

Labor Minister Hsu, OSHA Director General Tzou, and guests at the opening ceremony of the 2019  International Conference on Occupational Hygiene.


Amended and promulgated the “Notes for Enterprise Units that Implement Day (Night) Working Schedules.” The amendment took effect from this date.


Announced that starting from September 1, 2019, the Labor Standards Law would apply to "Resident Physicians Employed in the Health Care Service Industry (excluding those employed under the public service track in public medical institutions).”


Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Worldskills International and witnessed the unveiling ceremony of the WorldSkills Capacity Building Center. Both parties aim to join efforts in skills promotion and development, and raise Taiwan’s skill levels to reach international excellence.

Labor Minister Hsu, WDA Director General Huang, WSI President Simon Bartley, and WSI CEO David Hoey at MOU signing ceremony.


Issued a letter to villages (boroughs) to explain that community-based care stations can be established as insured units to apply for labor insurance for their employed workers. 


14-18.03.2019 MOL Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health (ILOSH), Bureau of Labor Insurance, Workforce Development Agency, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly organized the “2019 Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition Touring Exhibition Program.” The first public education workshop, held from March 14 to 18, enabled local aboriginal residents and the general public to develop a better understanding about occupational accidents and their prevention. This event also provided a channel for the public to consult with staff members from the Bureau of Labor Insurance and Workforce Development Agency. A VR experience booth was also available to give participants a three-dimensional experience of an actual occupational accident. This program received lots of support and enthusiasm from a total of 286 participants.


Announced the revised subsidy program for colleges and universities to implement employment-focused curriculums, including increased subsidy amounts and the expansion of eligible participants from graduates to include all students. The program took effect from this date.


Announced the Interpretation Order regarding Article 5, Paragraph 2, Sub-paragraph 6 of the Employment Services Act, as well as the “Employer Recruitment Public Disclosure or Informative Guidelines to Announce the Wage Range for Job Openings,” so that employers can better comply with the law.


MOL Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health (ILOSH), the Ergonomics Society of Taiwan, and Tunghai University co-hosted the 26th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Taiwan Ergonomics Society. MOL staff presented nine talks on “Musculoskeletal Injury Risk Assessment for Care Workers Performing Tube Feeding Tasks.” Positive outcomes included the advancement of evaluation and improvement strategies for human-factor related incidents and physical hazards in the workplace, as well as the promotion of ILOSH research studies.

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