That’s the way it looks to me,
[quote]But just because I might be standing here
That don’t mean I won’t be wrong this time [/quote]
–James Taylor, “Lighthouse”
I don’t know the exact process, but here’s an address and some phone numbers (I can’t guarantee the phone numbers):
Council of Labor Affairs (CLA)
9F, 83 Yenping N. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei
Tel: (02) 8590-2866
Fax: (02) 8590-2850
Kaohsiung CLA phone no.: (02) 8770-1866 ; toll-free English no. (Kaohsiung): 0800-885-885
Tealit has a page that, while it deals with fines and deposits, discusses CLA arbitration: tealit.com/fines.deposits.eng-chn.htm
For the following, for caution’s sake, assume I don’t know what I’m talking about, and then, if any of it seems applicable, you can use it as a basis for your own investigations, if you like:
You didn’t mention whether you had a written contract. I don’t know what the situation would be if you didn’t. For example, where I’m from (Louisiana), not all contracts have to be written. This is also true elsewhere in the US (but obviously, spoken contracts are harder to prove). Don’t know about Taiwan.
If you went through a Work Permit/ARC process, I think that somewhere in that process, the employer has to affirm in writing their intention of employing the person for whom they’re seeking the ARC. Not sure if that would serve as well as a contract.
Hope this helps, or at least that it doesn’t cause any harm.