Legislature to hire more disabled staff in wake of criticism
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Legislative Yuan promised to hire more disabled staff after it was identified as a government agency failing to employ an adequate number of physically and mentally challenged citizens.
January 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Taipei City Government's Department of Labor said both the Legislature and the National Security Bureau have failed to fill the required six disabled worker slots. These positions are required as per regulations safeguarding the rights of physically and mentally challenged people.
In response, Lin Shi-shan, secretary general of the Legislative Yuan, promised to make adjustments as soon as possible so that it can meet its quota.
Under current rules, public agencies with more than 34 staff members are required to have disabled individuals make up 3 percent of their workforce. Where an organization has more than 67 employees, at least 1 percent of its labor force must comprise disabled people.
As of the end of last October, 2,723 public agencies and private companies registered in Taipei have been required to hire a total of 15,228 disabled workers.
These organizations employed 19,173 handicapped staff members — 25.9-percent higher than the required quota — and 853 employees more than in 2011.
Last October, the Academia Sinica, the nation's highest research institute, was found to not have filled 12 of its disabled employee slots, however by the end of that month it had filled all positions.
Officials at the municipal labor department urged the Legislative Yuan and other government organizations to not only meet the required quotas but also set a model for private enterprises which emphasizes providing more job opportunities for disabled compatriots.