By: Wang Cheng-chung and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Migrant workers in Taiwan can be re-hired without having to leave the country every
three years, according to an amendment to the Employment Service Act that cleared the Legislative Yuan Friday.
The amendment removed a provision that required migrant workers who have worked in Taiwan for three years –the longest contract allowed — to leave the country for at least one day if they want to be re-hired.
It will take effect as soon as it is publicly posted by the Presidential Office, a formality that usually takes fewer than three weeks.
The measure will help migrant workers save between NT$75,000 and NT$180,000 in brokerage and other fees, ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wu Yu-chin (吳玉琴) said.
As of the end of July, 603,109 foreigners were employed as construction workers, factory workers, domestic helpers or in other manual jobs in Taiwan, data from the Ministry of Labor showed. [FULL STORY]