AmCham’s Human Resources Committee last year raised an important issue regarding how the Ministry of Labor (MOL) determines whether a given labor agreement constitutes an employment, mandate, or independent contractor relationship. The MOL makes this determination based on a 25-item checklist that includes such criteria as whether the business entity provides certain labor benefits; whether…

In the nearly year-long absence of international travelers, Taipei’s hotels have begun shifting some of their focus to their food and beverage business, offering attractive package deals and coming up with new, delicious ways to draw in the island’s domestic travelers. As international travel to Taiwan ground to a complete halt last spring following the…

Over-the-top (OTT) platforms are experiencing a peak in popularity in Taiwan as the pandemic alters consumer habits and more people turn away from subscription cable services. However, proposed government regulations could create some significant barriers. More and more households worldwide are switching away from traditional cable television to view an increasing amount of audiovisual content…

U.S., Taiwan Hold Economic Talks The inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Dialogue (EPP) was held in mid-November. The nine-hour talks took place both virtually and through physical meetings in Washington, D.C. and culminated in a five-year memorandum of understanding between the two sides.  Among the topics discussed during the EPP were bilateral economic cooperation in the…

Stimulus Voucher Program Expanded The popular triple stimulus voucher program introduced by the Taiwan government in July has been expanded to include Alien Permanent Residency Certificate (APRC) holders and foreign diplomats. Starting from November 16, Taiwan’s approximately 13,000 permanent residents and 1,400 diplomatic personnel can purchase the vouchers, which cost NT$1,000 and are valued at…