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Rules for hiring migrant workers as caregivers to be loosened

Rules for hiring migrant workers as caregivers to be loosened

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The Labor Ministry has decided to allow people who already employ a foreign national as a caregiver to hire additional migrant workers as substitutes when the need arises. The new rules, expected to take effect early next month, were introduced amid complaints of overwork among migrant workers who are employed to take care of senior citizens in Taiwan requiring round-the-clock attention. Under the new initiative, locals who hire foreign caregivers will be allowed to apply to nonprofit organizations to hire additional caregivers for various chores -- such as bathing and feeding an individual -- and pay the institutions by the chore or the hour. Existing rules ban local employers of migrant workers from hiring additional manpower on a chore-by-chore basis, which some believe has left employers reluctant to allow their caregivers to take days off, leaving them overworked. Organizations that have been given the green light by the Labor Ministry to offer such services on a trial basis include the Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation, the Eden Social Welfare Foundation and others. In response to fears that the new initiative will compromise job opportunities for local residents, Lai Chia-jen, a section chief in the ministry's Labor Development Agency, said the new rules will not lead to an inflow of more migrant workers.
Lai explained that the only migrant workers eligible to work as substitutes under the new rules are already in Taiwan employed with the foundations, working as part-time caregivers for families that have not hired a full-time caregiver. As of the end of January 2015, there were 556,412 migrant workers in Taiwan, with 208,486 working as caregivers or home maids, according to Labor Ministry statistics. (By Zoe Wei and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-24 13:46 GMT+08:00