The Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (職業訓練局) under the Council of Labor Affairs yesterday called for local people to actively reveal illegal employment of foreign workers, which may result in a maximum reward of NT$50,000.
The bureau issued the call after the Next Magazine published a report on Wednesday that famous female entertainer Pauline Lan (藍心眉) allegedly hired alien labor, violating the Employment Services Act (就業服務法).
Fu Hui-chih, a division chief at the bureau, said that if foreign household caregivers are assigned by employers to undertake other jobs than domestic care works, the employers will face a fine of NT$30,000 to NT$150,000, as long as the assignment is verified. And if the employers fail to improve within a specified period of time as requested, they will see their existing employment permits revoked and won’t be allowed to apply for employing foreign workers for two years.
Fu continued that employers of foreign workers will be fined NT$300,000 to NT$1.5 million for offering false applicant data or physical health examination reports to labor authorities when applying for recruiting or employing foreign workers.
She stressed that if local people want to employ foreign workers to undertake domestic care jobs, they should file applications and assign jobs to the workers in accordance with employment permits issued by labor authorities.
She also urged local people to report to competent labor authorities if they find any illegal employment practices, and they will be granted cash rewards of NT$5,000 to NT$50,000, depending on the seriousness of the illegal practices found.