The Cabinet yesterday announced that an additional 12,000 foreign laborers will be able to work in Taiwan from Sept. 15.
"There is a need for more labor for certain major public construction projects. Private companies are also experiencing a serious shortage of labor so we believe that there is a need for more foreign laborers," Council of Labor Affairs Minister Lu Tien-ling (盧天麟) said during a press briefing after the weekly Cabinet meeting.
The Cabinet will also reduce a fee for those who hire foreigners to look after the sick from NT$2,000 to NT$600 a month per employee.
The total number of foreign workers is restricted to 15 percent of the number of employees in a company.
But from Sept. 15, the maximum for Class A and Class B industries will be 20 percent and 18 percent respectively.
The Cabinet's definition of Class A industries includes businesses related to heavy metal and plastic refinement.
Class B industries include businesses related to fiber, glass and paint.
"It is our prediction that under this new rule, an additional 12,000 foreign laborers will be able to come to Taiwan and begin to make a contribution this fall," Lu said.
From Sept. 15, employers will be fined NT$750,000 for each illegally employed foreign laborer. A foreign laborer will also be allowed to change jobs without restriction if the previous and prospective employers agree.
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