Tue, Oct 14, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Employers face hefty fines for hiring illegal workers

CNA , TAIPEI

The Taipei County Labor Affairs Bureau warned employers yesterday not to hire illegal foreign workers or those on the run. Those who do could face fines of at least of NT$150,000 (US$4,446).

The bureau issued the warning after a number of these cases were discovered in the county. It stressed that employers must verify the identity of any foreign workers they plan to hire.

According to the bureau, one of the latest cases concerned an Indonesian worker, who turned herself in to the bureau and accused her boss of holding on to her salary and her passport.

Bureau and police officials discovered that the woman's agent had lied to the authorities and then set up various illegal jobs for her in Panchiao, Hsintien and Taipei.

According to police, the woman had originally been hired by a woman with the surname Yu to take care of her elderly and sick father. But Yu's father died before the woman arrived in Taiwan, so she told the agent that she did not need the woman's services anymore and instructed him to make sure the woman was sent back to Indonesia.

The agent failed to report the case to the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA). He said that the woman had absconded, which allowed him to assign her illegal jobs.

When the case came to light, the woman was repatriated and banned from entering Taiwan again, while the boss found to have illegally hired her was fined NT$150,000.

The bureau warned employers that when a worker's contract expires, the employer must instruct the agent to report this to the Council of Labor Affairs to help the foreign worker to legally transfer to a new job or leave Taiwan.

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