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Labor ministry warned brokers about collecting placement fee on re-hired migrant workers

Taiwan's Workforce Development Agency (WDA) which is under the Ministry of Labor (MOL) warned labor brokers in the country that collecting placement fee to get new contracts of migrant workers will have heavy fines and penalties.

Migrant workers are encouraged to contact the ministry, local government labor departments, or the 1955 foreign workers' free telephone hotline if they are asked to pay placement fees.

Manpower agencies that demand placement fees or so called "job-buying fees" from migrant workers will be fined 10-20 times the illegal payments they collect, CNA reported.

In addition to a suspension of operations for up to a year and being not allowed to renew their license when it expires, the report added.

WDA will help migrant workers who report abusive brokers who report such doings.

Migrant workers support groups have long demanded the government establish a direct hiring system to replace the private brokerage system.

However, the lack of a job-matching mechanism operated by the government means workers are still forced to use brokers to secure a new contract.


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