Toward the Independent Enactment of Occupational Accidents Insurance Act
Labor insurance claim data indicated that in Taiwan, the occupational fatality remains high and chronic occupational diseases are severely underestimated. Many problems exist in the system of workers?compensation, including multiple laws involved, complicating recognition processes, and limited scope and insufficient levels of compensation benefits. Barriers to obtaining compensation benefits result in an unjust shift of compensation responsibility from employers to injured workers, their families and the society in the whole. To ensure workers?rights, we call on the government to enact an integrated Occupational Accidents Insurance Act, in which all employees should be covered, premium rates should be increased, compensation benefits should be expanded, the recognition procedure should be improved, and mechanisms for the prevention of occupational injuries and diseases and the rehabilitation for the effected workers should be established.