The Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Monday (November 23) said it had stopped a program allowing short-term contract extensions for migrant workers.
When the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic hit the globe in May, MOL initiated a temporary measure allowing employers to sign up to renew their contracts with migrant workers for 3 to 6 months. copper is about to expire. With many countries blocking their borders, workers found themselves unable to return home, thus asking for an extension.
Due to high demand during the summer, the program was extended in July.
However, the number of flights abroad has steadily increased, making it easier for migrant workers to return home. As a result, Hsueh Chien-chung (薛 鑑 忠), a department head at MOL’s Labor Force Development Agency (WDA), announced on Monday that the short-term extensions would be stopped in effect. CNA reported immediately.
Hsueh added that the program significantly increased the ministry’s administrative procedures. He stated that the suspension of this policy would “stabilize the relationship between the employer and the employee” and streamline the administrative work.
Since the measure began, WDA has received a total of 1,989 short-term work permit applications. Most of the applications are intended for workers from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.