By Andreas Kiler
BERLIN (Dow Jones) – The federal government has emphasized an expansion of the cross-sector fight against illegal work through adopted measures. “Illegal employment and undeclared work are not peculiar offenses,” declared Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) after the cabinet passed the Federal Government’s 14th report on the effects of combating illegal employment. “They are destroying the foundations of our community and orderly coexistence.”
That is why the government is doing its utmost to combat illegal work. “The report shows that we have massively strengthened the financial control of illegal work,” emphasized Scholz. This will ensure more fairness on the labor market. In addition to the strengthening of the competencies of the Financial Control of Undeclared Work (FKS), the Ministry of Finance also referred to an improvement in the disposal of assets under criminal law, the strengthening of the rights of employees posted across borders in the Posted Workers Act and an improvement in cooperation between authorities.
Through the law against illegal employment and abuse of social benefits, the competencies of the VCS have been considerably strengthened and “further developed in the sense of a central examination and investigation authority in essential areas of labor and social law”. The Ministry of Finance said that the Posted Workers Act was expanded to include working conditions that can be the subject of a collective agreement.
This applies to remuneration components that go beyond the minimum wage, such as hardship surcharges or holiday surcharges and the provision of accommodation. The FKS is reviewing these collective bargaining regulations. The fight against frequently lamented abuses in working conditions in the meat industry was addressed, mandatory working conditions for the care industry were resolved and subcontractor liability was introduced to protect employees in the parcel industry.
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June 09, 2021 05:51 ET (09:51 GMT)