A BILL to combat illegal labour by obligating an employer to issue a certificate when hiring new staff was discussed yesterday by the House labour committee.
“Cyprus is facing a serious problem with illegal and undeclared employment and this phenomenon creates serious problems in the work force,” said AKEL MP and House Labour Committee head, Andreas Fakontis, who called the problem ‘gangrenous’.
Under the bill fines amounting to €200 will be dished out for those caught by labour ministry inspectors employing people illegally or those caught not following the procedure provided by the law. If an employer is caught twice they will be fined €400 and for further violations be taken to court.
The proposed law will provide for the certificate to be handed to the employee and social services, as well as the employer.
According to Fakontis, the existing system is flawed as an employer does not have to declare an employee until a month after they have been hired. “Here we see the gaps in the system and the exploitation by some employers in the weaknesses of the law,” said Fakontis.
Source: Cyprus Mail