Bill for pension, labor snags

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The Labor Min­istry is ex­pected to ta­ble a bill to­ward the end of the month that aims to tie up a number of loose ends re­lated to labor and pension leg­is­la­tion.

The draft law will not be linked to any com­mit­ments Greece has as part of its bailout agree­ment with its in­ter­na­tional lenders ahead of the next pro­gram re­view, which is due to be­gin the au­tumn.

One of the most im­por­tant changes that the bill will seek to in­tro­duce is to no longer make it nec­es­sary for en­gi­neers and lawyers to pay pension con­tri­bu­tions when they are not in work. Cur­rently, they are obliged to pay even when they are un­em­ployed.

The draft leg­is­la­tion, which is be­ing over­seen by Labor Min­is­ter Efi Acht­sioglou, will also con­tain pro­vi­sions re­lated to un­paid and un­de­clared work. It will be­come com­pul­sory, for ex­am­ple, for em­ploy­ers to de­clare any over­time that their staff do on the on­line Er­gani sys­tem. Com­pa­nies found to be flout­ing the rules could be shut down for up to three days.

Firms that break the law will also be banned for a cer­tain time from ap­ply­ing for Euro­pean Union-funded pro­grams and state con­tracts.

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