Taiwan to allow 6-month extension of migrant workers’ contracts

Taipei, Migrant workers in Taiwan whose contracts are about to expire will be eligible to obtain a six-month extension, the Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) Workforce Development Agency said Wednesday, citing the need to reduce international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the agency said the new extension will apply to migrant workers who are about to reach their maximum years of service in Taiwan between March 17 and June 30.

Under the Employment Service Act, migrant workers employed as domestic helpers are permitted to remain on contract for up to 14 years, while for those in other fields the maximum time is 12 years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Taiwan government has been granting extensions since March last year for those close to completing their maximum years of service.

In the period March 17 to June 30, employers can apply for a six-month extension for migrant workers who have less than four months left on their final contracts, the agency said.

Since March 17, 2020, the extensions have been allowed in three blocks — two three-month periods and one for six months.

As of the end of February, 10,653 applications for contract extensions had been received by the government, 3,929 of which were for domestic helpers, according to MOL statistics.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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