Wednesday, Oct 06, 2004,Page 2
Employment agencies that hire out foreign spouses who don’t have residency permits face heavy fines, the Council of Labor Affairs said yesterday.
“Some media reports have recently focused on this situation in employment agencies. The council is therefore releasing a public statement so that [the agencies] may be aware of the consequences,” said Chen Po-yi, a section chief at the council’s department of labor affairs.
According to recent Chinese-language reports, some employment agencies have placed foreign spouses without residency permits with employers in urgent situations – such as when an employer loses a foreign worker and is in need of a replacement.
However, by doing so, the agencies violate the Employment Service Law, Chen said.
Article 45 of the law stipulates that foreigners cannot be hired out to a third party except under specific circumstances. Article 64 stipulates a fine of between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000 for violators. Those re-offending within five years face sentences of up to one year in jail or a fine of no more than NT$600,000, or both.