Focus Taiwan | 11 November 2018
Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved a third reading of amendments to the Employment Service Act on Friday, by which employers or employment agencies could be subject to a fine of up to NT$300,000 (US$9,741) for violating migrant workers’ rights.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wu Yu-chin (吳玉琴), the amendments proposer, said that under the amendments, brokers cannot detain the migrants’ identity documents or work permits against the will of employers and workers; violators would be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000.
Wu pointed out that according to the new rules, employment agencies would also face a fine from NT$300,000 to NT$1.5 million if they are involved in sexual assault, human trafficking, restriction of personal freedom, grievous bodily harm or homicide and they have to report any case of the mentioned felonies perpetrated against migrant workers within 24 hours.
She added that brokers who contravene the amendments could lose their operating permit and could not reapply for it in five years.
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