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NT$300,000 fine to brokers who found making illegal salary deductions to migrant workers

Employers and labor brokers face heavy fines if they are found to be making illegal deductions from the salaries of migrant workers according Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

If employers are found to be illegally docking the pay of migrant workers, they would be in violation of Article 43 of the "Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Worker" and Article 57 of the "Employment Service Act" and could face fines of between NT$60,000 (US$2,000) and NT$300,000 and have their employment permit revoked.

In addition to a suspension of operations for up to a year and being not allowed to renew their license when it expires. WDA will help migrant workers who report abusive brokers who report such doings.

Common items that employers illegally deduct from migrant workers on behalf of brokers include service fees, foreign loans, residence permit fees, and medical examination fees, according to WDA.

Migrant workers are encouraged to contact the ministry, local government labor departments, or the 1955 foreign workers' free telephone hotline of there are illegal deductionsade by brokers.

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


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