- Quarterly Focus: Promotion and forecasts of the “Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)” From “Laborer Life Counseling” to EAPs
From 1994 onwards, the Council of Labor Affairs of the Executive Yuan reformed the system with human resources management, employee counseling and social work professionals and transformed “laborer counseling” into EAPs. Every year, a discussion seminar for the Employee Assistance Program is held regularly around the nation to promote the concept and benefits of the EAPs push for increased attention to the physical and mental health of workers in the workplaces of institutions, and encourage institutions to establish “Employee Assistance Program” service systems to help employees deal with health, psychological, family, legal, financial, emotional, or stress related problems that they face during their daily lives or at work.
Policies & Regulations
- Contents of Lifelong Career Planning
On January 12, 2010, the Legislative Yuan passed four laws for government organization transformations through three readings, and will transform the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training into the “Department of Workforce Development” which will be responsible for the planning and implementation of labor policies in the future. Moreover, in accordance with the concept of regional logistics, the various original employment service centers and vocational training centers of the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training will be combined to become five “Department of Workforce Development Branches” which will be a national level employment services supply system.
- Measures to promote the employment of middle-aged and elderly
However, as the average duration of unemployment of middle-aged and elderly is longer than that of young and elder adults, and employers' "rigidly negative impressions" of middle-aged and elderly and other various personal factors make it more difficult for them to quickly and easily find work than other unemployed persons, they are at a comparative disadvantage in terms of competitiveness in the labor market. Middle-aged and elderly therefore urgently require the priority government employment protections and assistance, and are listed as one of the groups whose employment is to be promoted under article 24 of the Employment Services Act.
- Occupational Accident Workers
Taiwan's regulations regarding the protection of workers suffered from occupational accidents are spread across the Labor Standards Act, which covers employer liability, the Labor Insurance Act, which covers insurance payments for various occupational accidents, and the Labor Safety and Health Act and Labor Inspection Law, which cover employers' responsibility for providing safe and hygienic equipment and work environments.
- Policies and Regulations 4: Deep Development of Manpower Resources: Directions of Planning for National Occupational Skill Standards
Responding to the importance of manpower resources to industrial development and national competitiveness, in May of 2010Taiwaninstituted the Industrial Innovation Act, with a special chapter on “Industrial Human Resources Development.” The Act calls for the government to establish a coordination and integration mechanism for the development of industrial human resources, promote the setting of skill standards for industrial manpower, and subsidize or assist the setting up of a manpower training agency.
- New farmers’ health insurance disability benefit payment schedule relaxed more protection for farmers
New farmers’ health insurance disability benefit payment schedule came into effect on the 29th of January this year (2012). The Bureau of Labor Insurance, Council of Labor Affairs stated that after the new payment schedule were enacted, not only has the regulated waiting time for treatment of cancer of the abdominal organs and brain reduced, many benefit items were also added, which has provided real help to unfortunately sick, and infirm farmers.
- Council of labor affairs rolls out new measures to “Promote The Health of Maternity at Work” CLA Minister designs “Health Enquiry Clinics for Maternity at Work”
The participation rate of female in workforce has been rising in recent years, and creating a physically and mentally health-friendly work environment for women in workplace has become an urgent issue. The CLA has followed implementation of unpaid parental leave, strengthening of the right to request tocolysis leave and family leave, promotion of workplace equality, strengthening of measures to protect sexual equality in workplace and assist women in starting a new business by strengthening protection of Maternity at Work.
- The CLA accelerates “Occupational Accident Labor Protection Act,” and “Labor Safety and Health Act” Amendment Work
It is almost 10 years since the “Occupational Accident LaborProtectionAct” cameinto effect on April 28 2002; with the changes in labor environment that have occurred, the CLA has promoted the revision of the Act for many years and, from September 2008, a policy decision was made to plan an overall occupation accident labor care system including accident prevention, reporting, compensation and rehabilitation; after collection of a variety of information, and holding a number of discussion meetings with related groups and experts/scholars, the “Draft Amendment of theOccupational Accident Labor Protection Act” has been formulated.
- News From：Department of General Planning
- Publish Date：2012-04-30
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