Employers of migrant workers can apply for contract extensions: MOL

Employers of migrant workers whose contracts end between June 17-Sept. 17 can apply for three-month contract extensions, the Ministry of Labor's (MOL) Workforce Development Agency said Tuesday, citing the need to reduce international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.(CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Employers of migrant workers whose contracts end between June 17-Sept. 17 can apply for three-month contract extensions, the Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) Workforce Development Agency said Tuesday, citing the need to reduce international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the agency said extensions are also available for migrant workers who reach their maximum years of service in Taiwan during that period.

Taiwan’s Employment Service Act sets a maximum of 14 years’ employment for migrant workers in domestic care and 12 years for those working in other fields.

The policy builds on a previous three-month extension, which was announced on March 24 and applied to workers with contracts ending between March 17-June 17.

Employers who received extensions for workers during the earlier period will be allowed to apply for additional extensions in the coming three-month period, the agency said.

According to MOL statistics, employers applied for 1,033 contract extensions from March 17-May 31, of which 656 were for industrial workers and 377 for domestic care workers.