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Amendment shortens wait time to replace runaway foreign workers
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-12-11 04:32 PM
Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed in third reading an amendment to the Employment Services Act on Tuesday, which will allow employers of runaway foreign live-in caregiver, to hire a replacement in three months, shortened from a six-month waiting period.

According to the amendment, employers will be eligible to hire a new foreign live-in caregiver three months after they reported to immigration and policy authorities that the caregiver has deserted the job which is not attributable to owners. Employers can also apply for a replacement after they allow the foreign caregiver to leave for another employer or job.

The amendment also relaxes restrictions on hiring foreign workers at nursing, fishing, manufacturing, and construction businesses. Employers will be allowed to find a replacement after a six-month waiting period after the filing of a missing report to the authorities. Before the amendment, employers are not allowed to apply for a replacement for the missing or deceased worker.

The amendment requires employers to issue a written notification to immigration and police authorities within three days of a foreign worker being absent without taking leaves or upon termination of employment.

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