Taiwan Taiwan announces new act for occupational accident insurance and worker protection

Taiwan’s Office of the President on April 30, 2021 officially announced the Labor Occupational Accident Insurance and Protection Act (勞工職業災害保險及保護法), which has been developed by integrating the Labor Insurance Act (勞工保險條例) and the Act for Protecting Worker of Occupational Accidents (職業災害勞工保護法) into a single law. The effective date has not been set as of early May 2021, but is expected to be separately specified by the Executive Yuan later. Here are the main changes introduced by the latest act.

Occupational accident insurance for a wider range of employees

Employers of registered entities must insure their employees, now regardless of headcount. If an employer fails to sign up his employees for occupational accident insurance as required by the act, a fine of 20,000 to 100,000 New Taiwan dollars (approximately 710 to 3,600 USD) is imposed.

Increase in occupational accident insurance benefits

The lower limit of insurance benefit has been raised and the upper limit has also been increased to 72,800 New Taiwan dollars (approximately 2,600 USD).

Grants for workers’ rehabilitation

  • When a company employs a worker who has had an occupational accident, it can apply for a grant from the local government.
  • Employers can apply for grants from the local government for their employees to use rehabilitation facilities for workers who have had an occupational accident.

The full text of the Labor Occupational Accident Insurance and Protection Act (in traditional Chinese) is available at

https://law.moj.gov.tw/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=N0050031.