Thu, Aug 05, 2004 - Page 2 News List

New guidelines aim to protect foreign workers

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Starting this month, the employers of foreign laborers will be required to fill out a new version of a management plan form which ensures the quality of their workers' living conditions.

According to the Council of Labor Affairs, any foreign workers who are in the country for specialized or technical work, or who work as domestic helpers, need management of their living situation. Employers will have the res-ponsibility of assessing the conditions in which their workers work and live.

"[The new forms will] ensure that foreign labor workers' conditions regarding accommodation, boarding and other aspects of their lives in Taiwan will receive a minimum guarantee," the council said in a statement.

The council pointed out that this measure is to prevent employers from being negligent about their foreign workers, which could result in social problems.

According to the management regulations for hiring foreign workers, which were initiated by the council, once a workplace has more than ten foreign workers, a staff member of the workplace has to be assigned to be in charge of their welfare.

Furthermore, if the number of foreign workers in a workplace is more than 30, the overseer must be a bilingual employee who speaks Chinese and the language of foreign workers.

The management plan forms are available in two versions: one for technical workers and one for domestic helpers.

Lists of items needing inspection include the quality of drinking water, the sanitary standards of the dining room, kitchen and bathrooms, and whether an overseer has been been properly placed based on the number of workers.

Employers are to perform a self-assessment using the inspection list, which will be verified by council personnel.

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