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Covid-19 measures for Taiwan employees and the self-employed announced

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Taiwan government has announced subsidy programs for impacted employees and the self-employed. This article was updated on 20 April to reflect newly announced subsidy programs available for self-employed workers. Reassurance Employment Plan for employees On 27 March 2020 the Taiwan government announced a Reassurance Employment Plan (安心就業計畫) [...]

Working in Taiwan as a creative professional part II: the Employment Gold Card for special professionals in culture and the arts

This is the second of two FAQs on how creative professionals can live and work in Taiwan after the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals came into force in February 2018. We have updated this FAQ to reflect changes made between February 2018 and March 2020. Part I focused on how to [...]

Labor Incident Act: three takeaways for employers

Taiwan’s Labor Incident Act (“LIA”) was announced on 5 December 2018 and will come into force on 1 January 2020.[1] The core principles of the LIA are speed, appropriateness, professionalism, effectiveness and fairness, with the given aims of readjusting the structure of the employee-employer relationship, reducing the barrier to litigation for employees and strengthening their [...]

Employment law changes made for dispatch workers and APRC holders

Amendments to Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act (“LSA”) passed the legislature on 26 April 2019. These amendments aim to keep pace with the rise of the gig economy and an increasingly atypical workforce. Currently, there are around 150,000 dispatch employees in Taiwan. In order to provide greater protection for these dispatched employees, two key provisions were [...]

Disability and employment in Taiwan

Taiwan encourages the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce, having enacted the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act in 1980. The act was last amended in 2015. Companies meeting requirements set out in this act have a responsibility to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Headcount Companies employing over 67 people [...]

New rules on extensions of residence in Taiwan

The Taiwan Ministry of the Interior amended its rules on extensions of residence on 5 December 2018 with immediate effect. Under the new rules, most holders of an Alien Resident Permit (“ARC”) for the purpose of professional work in Taiwan can extend their residence for up to one year after his or her ARC expires. [...]

Working in Taiwan as a creative professional part I: the freelance artist work permit

This is the first of two FAQs on how creative professionals can live and work in Taiwan after the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals came into force in February 2018. Part I focuses on how to obtain a freelance artist work permit. Part II focuses on how to obtain an employment [...]

Mass layoffs in Taiwan: Additional insights for employers

As we mentioned in our previous article, “Mass layoffs in Taiwan: A guide for employers”, when an employer needs to dismiss a certain amount of its Taiwan workforce over a defined period of time, it must comply with the provisions of the Act for Worker Protection of Mass Redundancy (the “MRA”). Any employer who does [...]

Options for employers to add more flexibility to work hours

The 2018 amendments to the Labor Standards Act (LSA), while intended to provide more flexibility in favor of employers in Taiwan, have nevertheless raised some questions regarding the distribution of work hours for employees. The new amendments contain provisions allowing for the adjustment of mandatory rest days, meaning that, in certain situations, workers may work [...]

New employment rules to come into effect 1 March 2018

Amendments to Taiwan’s Labor Standards Act passed by the legislature on 10 January 2018, after much controversy, protest and debate. Generally speaking, these amendments roll back or relax changes which were made to the law at the end of 2016, and may be amended, or clarified, further. The effective date of these amendments is 1 [...]

 

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