I am desperately seeking some help with regards to my old employer who is threatening all kinds of things. First of all some background information.
I worked for the school until my contract expired after a year at the school. I met all my contractual obligations and as such thought that all was ok. I had a few weeks left on my ARC and had explained to them that I hoped to travel during this time. They did nothing to inform me that they thought this was not possible in actual fact quite the opposite as they helped me organise to rent my apartment for an extra month so I would have somewhere to leave my stuff. Then 2 days before I was due to finish at the school they came and told me that they had told the police and that I had about 5 days to leave the country. This of course was a big shock and ended up costing me a fortune as I had to buy a ticket during Chinese New Year etc etc. I only found out later that they had actually not fired the papers at that time and I should have received some official papers from the government informing me that my ARC had been cancelled and I should leave by such and such a date.
Anyway after a trip to Hong Kong I came back to Taiwan as a student as I planned to study. I complained to my agent about the way that they had handled my Visa and mislead me as to what they were doing. In addition to that I found out that they had been only reporting half my income (granted I know I should have checked the figures, but it never occurred to me). I also never requested this nor was aware of this until I received me tax receipts.
In addition to this they paid me more than my contract stated. But I queried my first pay slip with the secretary so that I could understand what the figures were and why they were larger. No one at the school speaks any English, but she told me that it was my Salary when I asked so I presumed it was ok. They paid me the same amount for 12 months (have the payslips to prove it). My contract is in English and Chinese. They met all other bonuses etc etc in my contract as stipulated. No they inform me that after 13 months after the fact they have read the contract for the first time and realised that they should have paid me less.
To sum it up now they want me to pay back the taxes that they did not pay for and also pay back the salary excess.
I am scared to pay them the taxes as I doubt whether they will pay it to the government. As for the salary I feel that it is all their problem as I checked and assumed it was a pay rise and can’t be responsible for their misreading the contract.
All these accusations were brought after I complained to my agent about their conduct. I also have some other proof that they do not follow the law in other areas, but am loathe to enter into any sort of battle.
At the moment I have told them I have nothing to say and that it is their own doing.
What do you guys recommend? What is my legal position? Who should I go to? Should I leave it?
Please help rather desperate.