Labor ministry to strengthen foreign worker protections

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The Employment Service Act (就業服務法) is to be amended to further improve protections for foreign workers, the Ministry of Labor said on Friday.

Fines for employing illegal foreign workers would be based on the number of workers, instead of on a case-by-case basis, Cross-Border Workforce Management official Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠) said.

Fines are currently NT$150,000 to NT$750,000 (US$4,974 to US$24,871) regardless of how many foreign workers are illegally employed, but after the amendment is applied, the fine would be multiplied by the number of workers, he said.

For example, if an employer hires 20 illegal workers, the fine would be NT$3 million to NT$15 million, he said.

There would also be provisions to dissuade employers from confiscating foreign workers’ ID cards and passports, Hsueh said, adding that employers found to have taken IDs without an appropriate reason would be fined NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 and forbidden from employing foreign workers.