Controls on foreign white- collar workers to loosen
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Council of Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei (潘世偉) yesterday announced that he plans to loosen regulations concerning the issue of work permits for foreign white collar workers coming to Taiwan.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
After discussions with the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) and the General Chamber of Commerce, Pan promised CNFI Chairman Hsu Sheng-hsiung (許勝雄) that he will endeavor to loosen regulations that have curbed many foreign white collar workers in coming to Taiwan. The current law regarding foreign white collars workers' employment requires the employees to be work for over one year, a limit that many foreigners found troublesome and led them to drop the notion of investing or working in Taiwan altogether.
According to Hsu's personal experience, “The law only makes trouble for Taiwanese enterprises. “Why would you demand a one-year contract for employees when you've already allowed them to come in the first place?” asked Hsu.
Hsu added that he had also broached the problem with President Ma Ying-jeou, who had advised the Council of Labor Affairs — which is in charge of the regulations — to rethink the direction of this specific policy to prevent the loss of more potential investors.