Taiwan extends subsidy for workers with pay cut
Taiwan will be offering a one-time payout of NT$10,000 (US$359) to workers who lost at least 20% of their salary amid a recent wave of COVID-19 outbreak.
Rolled out in July, the programme was originally available to workers with monthly salaries of NT$24,000 (US$862) to NT$34,800 (US$1,251) who lost 20% of their income in May or June.
But from Aug 23, workers whose income fell by at least 20% during July would also be able to apply for the subsidy, the Ministry of Labor said in a press statement.
The ministry also announced that it would include seniors in a programme that would reward incentives of up to NT$20,000 (US$718) for those who were unemployed but found a new job.
Those who are older than 64, or have already begun drawing their Labour Insurance pension, would be eligible if they have been hired in a full-time job since April 30, or a part-time job since April 1.
The two programmes are expected to benefit some 320,000 people, Huang Wei-chen, director of the MOL’s Department of Labour Standards and Equal Employment told Focus Taiwan.