Sanctions against fraud in partial activity

Sanctions against fraud in partial activity

In a press release issued on March 30th, 2020, the Ministry of Labour clarify the sanctions against companies that do not comply with the rules of partial activity.

It is important to remember that it is forbidden to ask employees to telework on their days of partial operation. Employers who combine part-time unemployment and work on the company's premises are also exposed.

This is akin to fraud and is equated with illegal work, as the Ministry of Labour has pointed out.

The cumulative penalties for this fraud are:

  • full reimbursement of unduly collected amounts from partial operation,
  • prohibition of receiving, for up to 5 years, public aid for employment or professional training,
  • 2 years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros.

The press release also invites "employees and staff representatives to report to the Direccte any breach of this rule."

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