Heavy fines for illegal deductions from migrant workers’ wages: MOL

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/25/2020
By: William Yen

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Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Any employers who make illegal deductions from the salaries of migrant workers will face a fine of up to NT$300,000 (NT$10,206), the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Tuesday.

The current law demands that employers must not withhold wages. Workers who believe their wages are being garnished or that they are being overcharged by their brokers should report any issues to 1955, a 24-hour consultation and protection hotline for foreign workers, the ministry's Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said.

Each case will be investigated by the local labor department and any violations handled strictly in accordance with the law, the WDA said.

Some common illegal deductions by employers on behalf of brokers include service fees, foreign loans, residence permit fees and medical examination fees, the WDA said.

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