EI benefits now available for COVID-19 cases

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) People covered by Taiwan’s labor insurance program who are unable to work because they tested positive for COVID-19 can apply for accident or sickness benefits after four days absence from work, the Bureau of Labor Insurance announced on Thursday. .

In a press release, the office said the benefit would be available to those whose diagnosis renders them unable to work, whether admitted to a hospital, staying in a government quarantine center or hotel, or that they are quarantined in a personal residence.

For example, a person whose maximum insured monthly salary is NT$45,800 (USD 1,552) who applied for the benefit from the fourth to tenth day of their quarantine period would receive a one-time payment of approximately NT$5,340 for the seven day period. , according to Chen Mei-nu (陳美女), director of the Labor Insurance Department of the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

However, other workers could receive less than that amount, depending on their insured monthly salary, she said.

Under the labor insurance program, accident/sickness benefit is calculated at 50% of the insured monthly salary. In the example above, half of an insured salary of NT$45,800 is NT$22,900, or NT$763.33 per day (divided by 30). Calculated over seven days, the payout would be NT$5,343.33.

New sick leave rules

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor also adjusted on Thursday the way it calculates sick leave for workers who contract COVID-19 but do not need to be hospitalized.

Under the Workers’ Leave Regulations, workers may take ordinary sick leave either (1) for a total of less than 30 days per year if they are not hospitalized, or (2) for a maximum of one year within two years. period of one year if they are hospitalized.

In a revised interpretation of that law, the department said sick leave taken by workers with COVID-19 who self-quarantine at home or in designated hotels or centers would count toward the longer “leave of absence” limit. illness for hospitalization”, due to concerns that the 30-day cap would be “insufficient” for some people.

The ministry did not specify what types of situations the change was intended for, but it could target workers who were already close to their sick leave limit without hospitalization and then contracted COVID-19.

The interpretation, which applies retroactively from April 8, also states that sick leave taken by workers with COVID-19 should not be deducted from perfect attendance bonus calculations.

Update

May 7: Quarantine reduced to 7 days for mild, asymptomatic cases of COVID-19: CECC

May 7: Taiwan rescinds quarantine rules for contacts of COVID-19 patients

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