Rules for foreign white-collar workers eased
The work experience requirement for foreign white-collar workers will be eased by the end of this year when an amendment to the law governing the employment of foreigners is passed into law.
Currently, the government has strict requirements for granting employment to white-collar foreign workers — one year work experience for those with a master’s or Ph.D. degree or two years experience for those with only a bachelor’s degree. The requirements will be waived after the amendment to the Labor Standard Law passes the Legislative Yuan, according to the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) under the Executive Yuan.
Companies wishing to hire foreign employees with insufficient work experience will have to apply for approval on a case-by-case basis with the central government agencies overseeing their particular industry. For example, a high tech company has to apply to the National Science Council; a finance company to apply o the Ministry of Finance; and a news organization to the Government Information Office, according to the CLA.
The relaxation of the work experience requirement is designed to facilitate the employment of white-collar foreign workers in high technology industries such as the information science and biotechnology fields and other professions that require high-caliber talent.
The amendment has been submitted to the Executive Yuan for review, and will be passed into law in the September session of the Legislative Yuan.
Meanwhile, the CLA proposed another amendment to the Labor Standard Law for stricter enforcement of regulations on local companies hiring foreign employees. Companies that leave labor disputes unsettled, or fail to make deposits for labor pension or labor insurance funds, will not be allowed to hire foreign employees.
The CLA has also decided to amend guidelines governing the management of the employment stability fund. The amendment stipulates that the CLA allocate 10 to 15 percent of the local government fund to sponsoring vocational training programs