Bill to boost employment of older workers clears legislature

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/15
By: Wang Yang-yu and Matthew Mazzetta

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) Employers who discriminate against employees or job applicants because of

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their age will soon be subject to fines after a bill aimed at boosting the employment of older workers passed the Legislative Yuan on Friday.

Under the legislation, which extends protections to a large and growing segment of Taiwan's population, employers found guilty of age discrimination would be fined between NT$300,000 (US$9,826) and NT$1.5 million.

The bill prohibits treating middle-aged and elderly job applicants and employees differently than others when recruiting or hiring workers, allocating jobs, or evaluating employee performance, or when considering promotions, salary and benefits, retirement issues or dismissal.

Middle-aged workers are defined as those aged 45-65 and elderly workers are those over 65.

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