President Tsai Ing-wen (???) promulgated on Thursday an amendment to the Employment Service Act that scraps the maximum stay requirement for migrant workers and will come into force on Saturday, the Ministry of Labor said.
The Legislative Yuan passed the amendment on Oct. 21, removing a provision that required migrant workers who work in Taiwan for three years -- the longest contract allowed -- to leave the country for at least one day if they want to be re-hired.
The ministry said that once the amendment comes into effect, migrant workers who have lived in Taiwan for three years can be re-hired without having to leave the country if their employer applies for a new permit from the ministry.
However, the amendment also stipulates that foreign workers can still take paid holidays and paid time off to visit their home country and employers must comply with this requirement or face a fine, according to the ministry.
In line with the amendment, the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers will be revised to include new procedures that enable employers to extend the employment of workers who have already worked three years, the ministry said.
Regulations governing how to change employers will also be revised to give migrant workers clear guidelines on what steps to follow if their labor contracts are not renewed after three years, according to the ministry.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel