Workers in Taiwan worked more hours than those in other countries in the world last year except for three other countries, according to the Ministry of Labour.
The number of employed people across various sectors showed an increase in August month-on-month, with wages growing marginally.
Minister of Labour Hsu Ming-chun has said her ministry will be launching an online platform to allow migrant workers to self- submit applications.
Labour groups had previously called for a wage hike of 6 to 8%, while business groups urged for the minimum wage not to be increased by over 3%.
The Minister of Economic Affairs has thrown her support behind an increase in the minimum wage, ahead of a final decision on October 8.
It called on lawmakers to pass proposed amendments to an act that would allow male employees seven days of paid pre-paternity leave.
The date for deciding on the minimum wage for next year has been postponed to October 8 as announced by the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
The Childcare Policy Alliance (CPA) has urged the government to reform labour laws to boost the birth rate and retain married women in the workforce.
Current guidelines states that a class should stop in-person activities if one student tests positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Taiwan’s Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC) has asked for the minimum wage for 2022 not to be raised.
The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has stated that employers are not allowed to ask potential hires for proof of COVID vaccination.
Taiwan is deliberating on the minimum wage for 2022, even as some businesses continue to struggle financially because of the pandemic.
The hike is required to support sectors badly impacted by the pandemic, including hotel, F&B and assorted services.
Income inequality in 2020 was the highest in eight years, with the top 20% of households earning 6.13 times that of the bottom 20%.
Among Taiwan’s middle-aged and older populations, some 5.74 million people were unemployed last year, citing reasons such as their age.
From August 23, workers whose income fell by at least 20% during July would be able to apply for the subsidy.
This was largely due to the improvement in employment in the F&B, wholesale and retail sectors, based on official data.
Taiwan's New Power Party (NPP) has raised the issue of employers using pandemic relief funds to pay their staff’s salaries.
Self-employed workers who earned less than NT$408,000 in 2020, and who have been impacted by the pandemic, will be eligible for subsidies.
Workers will now be eligible for handouts of up to NT$20,000 in subsidies over four months if they find a new full-time job.
More than double the expected 500,000 people had applied for COVID-19 relief loans from the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
72.59% of manufacturers want a business tax break, while 71.25% would like to receive wage subsidies to help them meet their payroll costs, a survey finds.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has temporarily lowered the number of rest hours workers must get between shifts from 11 to eight for four industries.
The subsidy package is set to benefit at least 7.3 million individuals, and will also be allocated to support various sectors.
The Cabinet is revising an economic stimulus bill to provide financial relief to two groups of self-employed people affected by the pandemic.
Taiwan’s legislature has passed a financial relief proposal that will see NT$840 billion set aside for direct payments and loans to citizens and businesses.
On Monday, it approved an additional NT$420 billion in stimulus spending to support the economy as business activities are curbed.
Selected workers and the self-employed in Taiwan can expect to receive subsidies ranging from US$361 to US$1,083.
The proposal would allow workers who have to take unpaid leave to take care of their children to apply for the subsidies.
The move to remote work comes as an increasingly number of COVID-19 infections are reported in Taiwan.