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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: De nouvelles annonces pour lutter contre le « travail illégal »

by Clotilde Mathieu

New measures declared in the fight against “illegal work”

Translated Saturday 21 March 2015, by Adrian Jordan

“Fraud will not rest unpunished and we will apply the most severe sanctions”, affirmed Manuel Valls.

“Fraud will not rest unpunished and we will apply the most severe sanctions”, affirmed Manuel Valls, establishing, on Thursday, the national group of inspectors for illegal work at the Ministry of Work. During his discourse, the prime minister announced an increase in the maximum fine for fraud by posted workers. This will be increased to 500,000 euros, as opposed to 10,000 euros now, comprising 2000 euros for each posted employee or 4000 euros in the case of repeat offenders. In parallel with this measure, the fraudsters will not benefit from exemption from social security payments, warned the prime minister. Up to now, some relief was afforded. According to an estimate presented on Thursday to the National Commission for the Fight Against Illegal Work, 230,000 posted workers legally worked in France in 2014. There would be at least the same number working illegally. A Senate report in 2013 estimated between 220,000 and 300,000.


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