Low-income employers of caregivers get fee break


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Council of Labor Affairs has lowered the monthly employment stability fee for medium- and low-income employers of foreign caregivers who care for disabled individuals, in a bid to ease their already heavy financial burden.

The revised measure, which took effect Monday, lowers the monthly fee to NT$1,200 from NT$2,000, a 40 percent reduction, according to a statement released by the council.

The employment stability fee is required for employers of foreign laborers, with the fee varying according to the nature of the job held by the migrant workers.

The fee goes to the Employment Stability Fund managed by the council and is used to boost the employment of Taiwan residents, help manage the employment of foreign laborers, and improve the welfare of all workers employed in the country.

According to the statement, the revised measure is expected to ease the financial burden of employers who cannot meet the financial demands of paying the stability fee, caregivers’ salaries, and medical and rehabilitation charges for disabled individuals.