The Ministry of Labor has estimated that there are 133,000 labors leaving their job to take care of sick family members annually. Civil groups recently has made an effort to get the "Long-Term Care Leaves" into the legislation. The first 30 days will be paid-leaves with the following 150 days of flexible leaves. Furthermore, the groups has suggested to increase the "labor insurance" by 1 percent to compensate for 60 percent of the paid-leaves subsidy.
Caretakers are pushing the wheelchairs in and out of the hospitals, many of whom are current labors on leaves. Some people are like Mr. Tsai, who is the only child in the family, has to quit his job in order to take care of sick parents.
There are a lot of situations involved in a dementia patient, I had to switch from a full-time job to a part-time job. In the end, I had to quit.
Mr. Tsai is losing a monthly pay of NT$30,000 dollars after quitting his job and his retirement plan is forced to stop. Civil groups hope Taiwan can follow Japan's "93 days of Caretaking Leaves" and are actively fighting for "Long-Term Care Leaves" to be incorporated into the Gender Equality in Employment Act. The first 30 days are paid-leaves with the following 150 days of flexible leaves. The groups have also suggested to increase the labor insurance by 1 percent to compensate for 60 percent of the paid-leaves subsidy or use the annual NT$5 billion dollars in Employment Stability Fund to pay for the subsidy.
The caretaker is usually a female. We are hoping we can offer her another choice, which is she can choose to request for family care leaves, therefore not leaving the work force. As for the employers, they can keep the senior labors, this way it's a win-win situation for both sides.
The Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-Chun had promised to invite the labor and the management for a discussion in June when he was questioned in the Legislative Yuan. The Department of Labor Standards and Equal Employment had not agree nor disagree to this promise, it only stressed the labors, if in need, can request for "family care leaves" or use "personal leaves" and "special leaves" according to the law.