Labor Act to be fixed: lawmaker

INSURANCE ISSUE: Taiwan Occupational Safety and Health Link’s Huang Yi-ling said that payments are difficult to secure for those who have malignant mesothelioma

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 07, 2018
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

The families of people who die from work-related diseases after retirement might be

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lee Li-fen, center, speaks at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday alongside Taiwan Occupational Safety and Health Link executive director Huang Yi-ling, left, and Tseng Yi-ling, who was rejected an insurance claim after her father died.  Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

ineligible to receive labor insurance due to provisions of the Labor Insurance Act (勞工保險條例), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Li-fen (李麗芬) said yesterday, adding that she would propose amendments to address the issue.

Such cases are especially common among people with malignant mesothelioma — a cancer of the thin tissue that covers the lung, chest wall and abdomen, which is linked to exposure to asbestos — because its symptoms typically do not show until decades after exposure and those affected might have canceled their labor insurance plan due to retirement, Lee told a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

According to the act, people who develop work-related diseases while they were insured are ineligible for compensation payouts for death if the application is made more than a year after their labor insurance plan ends, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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