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Migrant workers benefiting from labor law amendment: agency

2017/09/14 18:13:27

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) on Thursday issued a report that found nearly 80,000 re-hired migrant workers have so far benefited from a law that went into effect last November scrapping a previous maximum stay requirement.

The amendment to Article 52 of the Employment Services Act, which went into effect on Nov. 5, 2016, eliminated the requirement for migrant workers to leave the country after reaching the maximum permitted stay period, before returning to continue working. As a result, from last November to the end of August, 78,917 migrant workers did not have to leave.

Prior to the amendment, Article 52 required foreign workers in Taiwan to leave the country for at least one day after working for three years -- the longest contract allowed -- before being allowed to continue employment.

In a telephone interview, WDA division head Chiu Yueh-yun (邱月雲) lauded the positive impact of the amendment on workers and employers, who no longer have to worry about airfare or to endure a period of absent employees.

To benefit fully from the amendment, Chiu reminded employers and workers that they need to follow two key steps in renewing a labor contract: issue a new letter of recruitment four months prior to the end of the original contract and to complete proper re-hiring procedures, including a signed employment agreement, two to four months prior to the end of the contract.

The division head noted that in 49.95 percent of cases in which rehiring applications have been denied, it was due to the lack of a letter of recruitment or an entry visa.

A missing signed employment agreement was the cause of a rejected application in 22.53 percent of cases.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Kuan-lin Liu)