Article 21, Paragraph 1 of the Labor Standards Law provides: “The wages shall be negotiated between the employer and employer, provided that they shall not fall below the minimum wage.” This provision seeks to protect the minimum livelihood of workers and maintain their purchasing power. This particularly important for disadvantaged workers with wage levels bordering on the minimum wage.
The Ministry of Labor issued the Lao-Dong-Tiao-Er-Zi-1060131805 Circular of September 6, 2017 to announce that beginning with January 1, 2018, the minimum monthly wage will be adjusted from NT$21,009 to NT$22,000, while the minimum hourly wage will be adjusted from NT$133 to NT$140 following the adjustment scale of the minimum monthly wage. The former refers to the minimum compensation for performing services if the compensation is calculated by month and subject to the statutory normal work hour cap (currently 40 hours). The latter refers to the minimum compensation if the compensation is agreed to be calculated by “hour.”
The Ministry of Labor further pointed out on the same day that business organizations are requested to be prepared for legal compliance in accordance with the law.