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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:05

Approved Draft Law on the Inspection of Labour

The Council of Ministers approved the project for Milking System Law Inspectorate of Labour and Social Security, once the draft bill approved by the Government last March 13, has received a favorable report of the Economic and Social Council.

The CES has shared the need to modernize and update the inspection and expressed a generally positive assessment of the bill, its aims and objectives, making various technical improvements that have been incorporated into the text.

OBJECTIVE OF THE REFORM

With this reform, the government is committed to a new model which will provide a more coordinated and more effective inspection of Labour and Social Security, which remains at the service of the workers, companies and society, as it has done since over a hundred years.

Thus, the inspection is reaffirmed as an essential institution to further improve the stability and quality of employment, whose effectiveness in combating fraud work is a guarantee of our welfare state.

The new standard is one of the reforms announced by the Prime Minister in the last debate on the State of the Nation and is included in the "Agreement proposals for tripartite negotiations to strengthen growth and employment", signed by the Government and the social partners on 29 July. Also part of the National Reform Programme presented to the European institutions and the Report of the Commission on Reform of Public Administration (CORA).

MODERNIZATION OF INSPECTION

Bill involves updating the current legislation, which dates from 1997.

The new model Labour Inspection and Social Security ensures its stability and institutional integrity, and strengthens the cooperation and participation of regional governments and social partners.

One of its highlights is the configuration of the Inspectorate of Labour and Social Security as an autonomous body of new creation, which will serve at the same time, the General State Administration and the Autonomous Communities. greater involvement of social partners is also recognized in the definition of the organization and the objectives of the inspection.

Along with this, the future law provides for the increase in resources allocated by the Inspectorate for the prevention of occupational hazards and to combat workplace accidents. With that goal will be created within the Inspection Scale Subinspectors a new Safety and Health at Work.

PROMOTING CAPABILITIES

Similarly, the performance capabilities of the Inspectorate of Labour and Social Security are enhanced through various ways:

  • Consecration of a general model inspection, more efficient and simplified procedures for performance.

  • Updating the operating means, with the incorporation of new information and communications technology in relations with workers and businesses.

  • Skilling of sub-inspectors of Employment and Social Security will now investigate abuses in temporary employment and child labor.

  • Strengthening the independence of the inspector technical staff.

OFFICE OF FIGHT AGAINST FRAUD

Another objective of the Bill is to continue improving the effectiveness of action against labor fraud. To do this, it is created within the Autonomous Inspection Agency Labour and Social Security National Bureau of Anti-Fraud.

This Office will be part all the agencies involved in the fight against fraud and will work as fraud detection functions, programming and execution of inspection activities and evaluation of results.

In this way, it aims to improve institutional collaboration between government and better management of actions to combat fraud is allowed. The new Office will liaise with the European Platform against undeclared work in preparation within the framework of the European Union.

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