Policies & Regulations
- Amendments to Act of Gender Equality in Employmen
The president announced amendments to certain provisions within the Act of Gender Equality in Employment on May 18, 2016. These amendments came into effect on May 20, 2016. Important changes are listed as follows:
- Broadening the Authority of the Diplomate with District Hospitals to Provide a Clinic Note of Occupational Disease for the Convenience of Those Insured with Labor Insurance to Seek Medical Treatment
The Ministry of Labor has stated restrictions which specified only the diplomate with occupational medicine and district teaching hospitals and above [hospitals categorized at higher levels] who could provide a clinic note of occupational disease. Since regional hospitals are widely distributed and offering quality medical care, the “Regulations of the diplomate with occupational medicine or district hospitals or above who provides a clinic note of occupational disease” was amended on March 18, 2016 to eliminate teaching hospitals, making it more convenient for insured persons to seek medical treatment of occupational diseases.
- Informing You of Free Services for Occupational Accident Workers Returning to Work or Re-Employment
To help occupational accident workers return to work or be re-employed, the Ministry of Labor provides free resources for them. These include psychological counseling and help with social adaptation, assessment and strengthening of working ability, job redesign, vocational training and employment services, and so forth. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Ministry of Labor (MOL) established the outsourced “Occupational Accident Worker Consultation Hotline” to proactively care for and contact occupational accident workers. Furthermore, at all local government levels, the OSHA promotes the “Occupational Accident Worker Proactive Services Case Program”. Once a case officer receives a case, he or she will proactively care about and understand the needs of the occupational accident worker and will provide timely consultation and resource referral services. Also, to help occupational accident workers return to work or be re-employed, OSHA subsidizes 15 institutions such as the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Changhua Christian Hospital, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, and so forth to set up “occupational rehabilitation units”. In addition, OSHA also linked up with all regional centers of occupational disease and injury service nationwide which were established through entrustment to provide occupational rehabilitation related services. According to statistics, for workers who actively participate and cooperate with the ministry, the rate of returning to work is as high as eighty percent.
- Taiwan Wins 10 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals, 2 Bronze Medals and 1 Special Prize in the Vocational Skills Competition at the 9th International Abilympics
The 9th International Abilympics, an event held every four years, took place in Bordeaux, France in March 2016, and Taiwan’s delegation was led by director general of the Ministry of Labor’s Workforce Development Agency. The national team competed in a total of 25 categories, winning 10 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 2 bronze medals, and 1 special prize, breaking previous records for the number of gold medals won by Taiwan. Taiwan also ranked second place overall out of all participating countries, truly an impressive feat.
- Northern Taiwan’s ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Incredible Fabrics’ Themed Maker Workshops Helps People Realize Their Dreams
In support of the rising maker movement, the Ministry of Labor’s Workforce Development Agency planned to establish progressive Maker Headquarters based on key industries in each jurisdiction. Within the Taipei-Keelung-Yilan-Hualien-Kinmen-Matsu Regional Branch’s (Northern Branch) Wugu Training Grounds, there are two themed maker workshops, the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Incredible Fabrics’. These workshops have overturned the traditional modularized vocational training model and replaced it with hands-on courses aimed at stimulating creativity. The courses combine entrepreneurial resources to create new types of vocational training, employment models and business opportunities to welcome new comers into the maker community.
- Strengthen and Create Construction Safety, and Please Do Not Overlook the Importance of Safe Work Behaviors
On-site safety and management have been significantly improved in recent years because of the government’s strengthening of site inspections and counseling. However, many entry level workers in the construction industry are temporary workers, and their level of awareness regarding safe behaviors is still inadequate; for example, they would take shortcuts such as standing on and/or climbing on to unsafe areas for short periods of time, not wearing the proper safety equipment, and so forth.
- News From：Department of General Planning
- Publish Date：2016-06-30
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