Employers to be fined if found providing substandard dorms

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/15/2020
By: Wu Hsin-yun and Joseph Yeh

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Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) Employers of migrant workers could face a maximum fine of NT$300,000 (US$10,555) if they are found to have failed to ensure that labor brokers provide safe and clean dormitories for migrant workers they have hired, a Ministry of Labor (MOL) official said Tuesday.

In addition to the fine, employers could also be banned from hiring migrant workers for two years, said Paul Su (蘇裕國), deputy director of the MOL's Cross-Border Workforce Management Division.

Su made the comments while explaining the MOL's proposed draft amendment to the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers that will hold employers of migrant workers responsible for providing proper accommodation for their foreign employees.

The MOL amendment has been proposed amid controversy over an overcrowded dormitory in which two migrant workers stayed and later tested positive for COVID-19.

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