Employers illegally deducting migrant workers’ salaries can be fined NT$60,000 up

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In order to protect the rights of migrant workers who are entitled to their wages like everybody else, current regulations stipulate that employers must pay migrant workers the full amount of their wages.

If a migrant worker is not paid in full or is overcharged by the manpower agencies, he or she can file a complaint through the ‘1955 Hotline’ established for labor consultation, and local authorities will investigate the case accordingly.

The Workforce Development Agency under the Ministry of Labor (勞動部勞動力發展署) said that there are currently over 700,000 migrant workers in the domestic labor market.

Some unscrupulous manpower agents, however, have asked employers to deduct and transfer the service fees of migrant workers directly from their wages. Some agencies would claim unexplained loans and fraudulent items for deduction purposes under false pretense.

Employers are liable for a fine ranging from NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 if found responsible for such illegal actions. They could have their employment permit revoked as result.

The manpower agencies will also be liable to a fine of 10 to 20 times the amount of the overcharged fee and see their businesses suspended too.

The Workforce Development Agency (發展署) reminds employers that apart from the statutory fees (e.g. national health insurance premiums, labor insurance premiums, income tax, board and lodging expenses…), no deduction of the wages is allowed. 

In addition, employers should provide the employed migrant workers a copy of the salary sheet printed in both Chinese and his or her native language for them to keep it for five years.

The Workforce Development Agency (發展署) further listed the common items that employers illegally deduct from migrant workers, which include: service fees, foreign loans, residence permit fees, medical examination fees, and more.

Since these fees are not statutory fees, The Workforce Development Agency warns employers not to deduct non-statutory fees on behalf of migrant workers to ensure that they receive their full wages and that their rights and interests are protected.