Taiwan extends subsidy for workers with pay cut

From August 23, workers whose income fell by at least 20% during July would be able to apply for the subsidy.
By: | August 16, 2021

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. 

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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.