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Asking foreign caregivers to walk dogs incurs fine in Taiwan

Employers barred from assigning unrelated work, such as school pickups, to migrant laborers

By Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2021/01/29 10:21

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Employers in Taiwan have been warned that if they ask foreign caregivers to engage in work not related to care, they risk being fined.

According to Taipei's Department of Labor (DOL), the capital levied a total of NT$2.82 million (US$100,616) in fines on employers for 88 such offenses between 2018 and 2020.

Offenses included having household caregivers assist in businesses operated by their employer's families or friends, care for family members not listed in the work contract, walking dogs, house cleaning, and picking up children. These assignments constitute violations of the Employment Service Act, and can incur fines of anywhere between NT$30,000 (US$1,070) and NT$150,000.

With the Lunar New Year approaching, the DOL also cautioned against assigning household cleaning chores to migrant workers. Even if laborers voluntarily do the work, it is illegal, the department stressed.

Those who continue assigning carers unrelated work will risk having their recruitment license revoked, according to DOL.

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