Changes in regulations for caregivers

The changes have teh potential for good and bad. Hope good prevails and more people can have access to domestic help.

[quote]ROC citizens will be allowed to hire dispatched foreign caregivers from domestic organizations, according to the latest plan unveiled by the Council of Labor Affairs Aug. 2.

Supporters believe the initiative will help protect foreign workers’ rights and meet citizens’ needs for flexible employment of foreign caregivers.

Under current rules, foreign caregivers are hired directly and live with their employers to provide care to a family member. If the new rules come into force, the CLA said, “licensed institutions and nonprofit organizations with long-term care-giving experience will be allowed to hire foreign caregivers and dispatch them to families in need of the service, including those who do not meet the current requirements for hiring a live-in foreign caregiver.”

The cost of hiring a dispatched foreign caregiver will be set between that of a domestic and a directly employed foreign caregiver, the CLA said.

“But the employers do not have to provide accommodation, nor do they have to pay the foreign worker’s labor and health insurance fees,” the CLA said. “This measure also helps prevent such problems as forced overtime and abuse of foreign employees.”