Highlights of the Ministry of Labor

  • Last Modify Date:2019-08-28


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.


From April 1 to May 31, the Bureau of Labor Insurance’s E-desk website provided online applications for insured persons to search and download information about the 2018 annual labor insurance payouts.


03.04-28.05.2019 Amended and promulgated content in Article 46 of the Employment Service Act about determining the working qualifications and review standards for foreign workers who are employed to engage in jobs as referred to in Subparagraphs 8 to 11 of Paragraph 1 of Article 46; amended the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, the Evaluation Standards for Foreign Worker's Care Service Plan, and the Document Concerning Employers’ Recruitment of Type B Foreign Workers, including employment permit duration, application procedure and other regulations stipulated by the Central Competent Authority; these amendments were carried out to support the Taiwanese Businesses Reinvestment Program and the trial program for the dairy industry and for agricultural co-ops in introducing foreign workers.


Amended and promulgated the scope of exceptions that apply to Article 34-2 of the Labor Standards Act, adding that China Steel Corporation may alter worker rotation with a rest period of at least eight continuous hours; these changes took effect from April 10, 2019.


Promulgated amendments in Article 5, Article 6, and Article 12 of the Implementation Regulations for the Employment Promotion of Employment Insurance; these amendments altered the threshold to initiate employment stabilization: when the unemployment rate of employment insurance exceeds 1% for three consecutive months and a consultation meeting is held, employment stabilization measures could be announced and implemented.


Amended and promulgated the Guidelines for the Phoenix Micro Start-up Loan; more measures have been provided to better meet the needs of entrepreneurs, including increasing the credit line from one million to two million New Taiwan dollars and allowing applicants to reapply twice for additional loans.


Promulgated an adjustment of labor insurance annuity payments from May 2019 for those who applied for labor insurance annuity in 2012, since the Consumer Price Index’s cumulative growth rate has reached 5.14% thus meeting the legal adjustment threshold.


Co-organized a series of activities for the 2019 Workplace Safety and Health Week with a special focus on workplace mental wellbeing, including discussions on physical and mental health topics in the modern workplace and employer support to thoroughly implement physical and mental protection for workers.

 MOL Minister Hsu, OSHA Director-General Tsou and distinguished guests presided over the opening ceremony of the 2019 National Workplace Safety and Health Week. 


Held the National Outstanding Worker Award Ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Taipei on April 30, 2019 to commemorate Labor Day and commend the efforts of workers in society and their contribution to the national economy and its development.

Vice President Chen and MOL Minister Hsu attended the 2019 Labor Day Outstanding Worker Award Ceremony to commend the efforts and contribution of workers to national economic and social development.


Issued MOL Letter No. 1080140256 on April 30, 2008: To avoid confusion about negative earnings (some workers misunderstand it as a principal deduction in their personal pension accounts), the Bureau of Labor Insurance worked with financial institutions to amend content regarding Labor Pension Cards and Postal ATM Cards. The accumulated balance is now divided into “accumulated amount of contribution” and “accumulated utilization balance.” This revision took effect in mid-June.


02-06.05.2019 Attended the 44th APEC Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) held in Chile; served for a second-term as the chairperson for the international Capability Building Network (CBN); chaired conferences and delivered opening and closing remarks; delivered keynote talks and presentations with a 2018 review and 2019 outlook; presented achievements from the 2018 International Workshop and new proposals about gender empowerment utilizing new media, which were positively received; attended LSPN meetings to seek support from other APEC economies regarding the proposal The Impact of Regional Integration in the Digital Era on Social Security Protection for Cross-border Workforce in APEC Economies and Related Responses.


Hosted the Cross-Disciplinary Governance Forum on Occupational Safety and Health and invited professionals from the disciplines of public administration and occupational safety and health to share experiences on topics including “Labor Inspection and Supervision-Execution Approaches and Challenges” and “Utilization of Smart Technologies in Improving Safety and Health Management”, so as to strengthen supervision capacity for occupational safety and health.


Connected case information of labor insurance benefit recipients with the National Electronic Medical Record Exchange Centre (EEC) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, so as to enhance the efficiency of approving labor insurance payments, streamline record accessing processes, reduce paper usage, lower personnel and administrative costs, and protect worker rights.


Deputy Director-General Andriana Sukova of the EU Commission led a delegation to Taiwan for the Second Taiwan-EU Labor Consultation Meeting; both parties discussed employment and social developments in Taiwan and in the E.U.; the delegation also visited the Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli Branch of the MOL Workforce Development Agency and the CAN social enterprise in Sanxia District of New Taipei City to understand the on-ground implementation of the Diverse Employment Promotion Program and the operation of job training facilities.

Second Taiwan-EU Labor Consultation between Taiwan MOL and delegation from the EU Directorate-General for Employment,Social Affairs and Inclusion.


Promulgated additions in Article 22-1 and amendments in Article 2 and Article 9 of the Labor Standards Act, which took effect from May 17, 2019. These changes stipulate that the contracts for dispatch workers are open-ended and that dispatched agencies should be responsible for the dispatched workers’ arrear wages.


Amended and promulgated articles in the Labor Pension Act to include foreigners who are permitted to reside permanently, to offer tax breaks for those who submit pension deposits from professional practice income, to protect the rights of workers, their survivors or designated claimants in claiming pensions, and to strengthen debt relief mechanisms by establishing stronger penalties.


20-22.05.2019 MOL ILOSH staff presented research papers and posters during the 2019 American Industrial Health conference and exhibition (AIHce) held in Minnesota and showcased R&D results in VR applications, newly invented samplers, as well as active and passive noise controlling technologies.


Promulgated the inclusion of supervisors and managers who receive a monthly base salary higher than NT$150,000 (US$4,680) as one of the types of workers designated in Article 84-1 of the Labor Standards Act.


Promulgated the inclusion of fishery workers as one of the types of workers designated in Article 84-1 of the Labor Standards Act.


The Executive Yuan approved the Youth Employment Investment Program, which will integrate resources across eight ministries to implement 48 measures between 2019 to 2022 with goals that include improving young people’s career prospects, enhancing employability, broadening career services, tightening the connection between school and workplace, and implementing the employment card (career portfolio) system, which is championed by President Tsai.


With the addition of the teenage category in the Worldskills Competition and the establishment of Worldskills Asia, MOL has amended and promulgated articles in the Regulations for Implementing and Rewarding Skill Competitions; changes include broadening the pool of teenage category competitors, incorporating rules from the Regional Skills Competition in Asia, and adjusting scholarship amounts for different categories.


Held an occupational safety and health consultation meeting, invited experts and groups from labor, management, government, academia, and hazard prevention communities, and discussed various issues including injury reduction strategies in the construction industry, independent law on occupational injury insurance, future prevention and reconstruction strategies, as well as cross-ministerial and cross-disciplinary cooperation in integrating external resources to prevent emerging hazards and safeguard worker safety and health.


MOL OSHA signed an MOU about OSH information exchange and cooperation with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at its London Office; based on this MOU, both parties will share safety and health information regarding offshore wind farms, conduct mutual visits and international conferences, and together strengthen the wind energy industry through both robust offshore wind power policies and strong OSH supervision.


Held the 2019 International Symposium on the Improvement of OSH in Dyeing and Finishing of Textile Industry, invited international scholars and industry experts from Japan and Korea to share the latest OSH trends in the dyeing and finishing processes, and facilitated closer international exchange to build a healthier and safer workplace and to update the textile manufacturing industry.


Promulgated additions in Article 17-1 and Article 63-1, and the amendment of Article 78 of the Labor Standards Act, which took effect from June 21, 2019; these changes prohibit dispatched agencies from transferring workers to dispatching agencies and stipulate that dispatched agencies should bear joint occupational accident liability.


For those insured persons who agreed to receive notifications through SMS messages regarding their injury and disease benefits or occupational death benefits for survivors, the Bureau of Labor Insurance will now notify the insured persons through SMS messages instead of letters,starting from the day immediately after a request is approved.


26-27.06.2019 Organized the 2019 ASD-CBA Event Competency Digital Upskilling Program for nearly 200 participants from governments, research institutions and industries in over ten economies, including Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, to discuss the digital future of meetings and exhibitions in the Asia Pacific, and professional training for MICE talent; held a panel on the effectiveness of training evaluation agencies that included relevant agencies abroad and in Taiwan, where they discussed evaluation systems in Taiwan and quality training provisions.

Opening ceremony of the 2019 ASD-CBA Event Competency Digital Upskilling Program.


Unveiled the first-ever Precision Measuring Technology Center, which aims to promote talent development and industry improvement in the precision machinery industry.


In accordance with the announcement by the Ministry of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Insurance promulgated that those who applied for labor insurance annuity in 2012 will enjoy a 5.14% increase in annuity payment amounts according to the cumulative growth rate of the Consumer Price Index from May this year (2019). The first adjusted amount was recorded on this day, and benefited a total of over 157,000 people; the total adjustment amount was NT$128,950,000 and the average adjustment per person was NT$819.


Held the 2019 National Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Prevention Exhibition (New Taipei City Banqiao Session) in front of the Banqiao Train Station; interactive and educational exhibitions were presented for the public to learn about about potential hazards and prevention methods concerning at-home and workplace hazards; types of occupational hazards included chemical hazards, risks associated with working in a confined space, falling from heights, noise hazards, and machinery hazards (entanglement and trapping injuries). The exhibition also showed a number of workplace safety videos and held contests for visitors to put on protective gear. This event aimed to bring public awareness of occupational safety and health, thoroughly implement hazard prevention measures, and eventually reach the goals of labor health promotion and occupational hazard reduction.

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