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Fines of €21 thousand for undeclared work in wedding – baptism services

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A total of 15 undeclared workers were detected

Π&rhoστιμα €21 χ &iata;λ λσεων

Fines of €21,000 were imposed following inspections by the Inspection Service of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance to combat undeclared work last June. The inspections were carried out on a Cyprus-wide basis at photographers, florists, wedding and baptism services, as stated in the Ministry's announcement, and a total of 15 undeclared workers were identified.

Of these, 14 were identified during checks at Marriage and Baptism Services, where checks were carried out at 47 premises. There, 34 employers and 13 self-employed workers were identified, while the total number of employees identified was 178 (100 men and 78 women). In detail, 103 were Greek Cypriots, 50 citizens of the European Union, and 25 nationals of third countries. With the detection of 14 undeclared workers, seven infringement notices and seven fines of €21,000 were issued.

Also, an undeclared worker was spotted during checks on photographers. It is noted that 40 premises were checked, where 23 employers and 17 self-employed persons were identified. The total number of employees identified was 38. (24 men and 14 women). In detail, 29 were Greek Cypriots, eight citizens of the European Union, and one third-country national. Following the checks, a notice of infringement and a fine of €500 were issued.

Also, checks were carried out in flower shops, where 25 employers and 27 self-employed persons were identified in 52 premises. The total number of employees identified was 42 (14 men and 28 women). In detail, 32 were Greek Cypriots, six citizens of the European Union, and four nationals of third countries. All were registered in the Social Insurance system.

The Inspection Service notes that the purpose of the campaign was to raise the awareness of all those employed in the economic activities in question, regarding the consequences of undeclared work and non-compliance with the provisions of the relevant Legislation.

It is also noted that according to the provisions of the relevant Legislation, in case of detection of a of a person declared to the Social Insurance Fund, an administrative fine of €500 multiplied by 7 months is issued, unless it is proven by the employer that the period of violation was shorter. In the event that it is proven that the period of violation was longer, the fine is multiplied by the actual months.

It is reminded that anonymous/named complaints/information regarding undeclared work or violation of the terms of employment are accepted on the Cyprus-wide telephone line 77778577.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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