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Taiwan: New Indigenous Languages Act

(June 21, 2017) On June 14, 2017, the Republic of China on Taiwan government promulgated the Indigenous Languages Development Act in order to “achieve historical justice, further preserve and promote the indigenous languages, and guarantee that the languages are used and passed down … .”  (Indigenous Languages Development Act (May 26, 2017), art. 1, Legislative […]

Taiwan: Constitutional Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Unconstitutional

(June 5, 2017) On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court announced J.Y. Interpretation No. 748, which rules that the prohibition of same-sex marriage in the current Civil Code violates the Constitution. (Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748 and Reasons (May 24, 2017), Judicial Yuan website (in Chinese) (click on the first PDF link); Press Release, On the Same […]

Taiwan: Removal of Statute of Limitations on Homicide Proposed in Major Reform of Criminal Code

(Apr. 26, 2017) On March 21, 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice, “in a landmark legal reform,” issued a draft text for public comment on recommended amendments to the Criminal Code and to its law of implementation, among them the elimination of the country’s current statute of limitations on homicide to allow the prosecution of murders […]

Taiwan: Bill Drafted to Give Extra Charges to Actual Service Providers

(Apr. 3, 2017) It was reported on March 26, 2017, that a Member of the Legislative Yuan (the main legislative body) of Taiwan has put forward draft legislation that would ensure service charges and cleaning fees charged to customers would be paid to the actual service providers instead of retained by employers as extra earnings.  (George […]

Taiwan: Amendment of Long-Term Care Act

(Mar. 23, 2017) Taiwan’s Long-Term Care Services Act, which was promulgated on June 3, 2015, but is not slated to become law until June 2017, was amended effective January 28, 2017. (Long-Term Care Services Law: Amendment of Long-term Care Services Law Revises Articles 15, 22, 62 and 66, THE GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]

Taiwan: Law to Prevent Terrorism Financing Enacted

(Nov. 30, 2016) On July 27, 2016, Taiwan’s Terrorism Financing Prevention Law was published in the official gazette; it took effect on the same day. (Zi kong fangzhi fa [Law on the Prevention and Control of Financing Terrorism] (Terrorism Financing Prevention Law), ZONGTONG FU GONGBAO [GAZETTE OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT], No. 7257 (July […]

Taiwan: VAT on Cross-Border Sale of Digital Services

(Nov. 9, 2016) On September 22, 2016, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved draft legislation to amend the Value-Added Tax Act with regard to cross-border sales of digital services. (You Kang Jin, Taiwan: Draft Bill Passed to Amend VAT Act on Cross-Border Sale of Digital Services, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Sept. 26, 2016), International Bureau of Fiscal […]

Taiwan: Requirements for Employers to Obtain Subsidies for Childcare Facilities Eased

(Nov. 4, 2016) It was reported on September 5, 2015, that Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor had relaxed the requirements for employers’ applications for childcare subsidies by amending the Regulations on Breast Feeding/Milk Collection Room and Childcare Facility Measures and Standards and on [Applicable] Subsidies. The purpose of the change is “[t]o help expand and promote […]

Taiwan/United States: Support for Taiwan’s Interpol Participation

(May 6, 2016) On March 18, 2016, President Obama signed into law a bill aimed at enabling Taiwan to gain observer status in “the International Criminal Police Organization [Interpol], and for other purposes.” (A Bill to Direct the Secretary of State to Develop a Strategy to Obtain Observer Status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police […]