Taipei Times: New policies on wages, labor begin next month

Several new policies are to go into effect on New Year’s Day, including the raised basic monthly wage, which would affect nearly 2 million workers, the Executive Yuan said yesterday.

The increased basic monthly wage of NT$23,800, up from NT$23,100, would benefit 1.36 million local and 465,000 foreign workers, while the increased basic hourly rate of NT$158, up from NT$150, would benefit 483,000 local workers, it said.

The central government is also to increase subsidies for people who replace their old scooters manufactured before July 1, 2007, to reduce air pollution, the Executive Yuan said.

Separately, parents of two-year-olds would start receiving child-rearing subsidies after having previously been left out of the program, it said.

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