Taiwan orders employers to provide paid leave to migrant workers

Non-compliant employers will be fined up to NT$300,000 and have their permits to hire migrant workers revoked

Taiwan orders employers to provide paid leave to migrant workers
Employers in Taiwan are required to grant their migrant workers paid leave after one year of service and other conditions are met, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) announced last Tuesday.

Those who refuse will be fined NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 and have their permit to hire migrant workers revoked said the ministry, as reported by Taiwan News. 

Paid leaves include those for marriage, bereavement, and personal matters in accordance with the Labor Standard Law, the Labor Contract Law and the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, which now cover such workers.

In the event of an urgent work situation – such as when a large number of orders need to be filled or a replacement cannot be found – employers may negotiate with migrant workers to move the leave to a mutually agreed upon period.

If a mutually acceptable period cannot be reached during such events, the foreign worker has the right to obtain leave for the required period.

There were 639,326 foreign workers in Taiwan at the end of March 2017, according to figures from MOL.

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