Labor minister, Yannis Vroutsis has announced an all-out assault on the labor market and massive fines for undeclared employees, following a broad meeting at the ministry on this issue. Checks will begin on Sunday.
According to ministry information, 1175 controllers along with the police financial crime squad will conduct spot checks to ferret out "black" employment, which is estimated to have cost the state and social security funds 6 billion euros in revenues in 2012.
The fine for each uninsured foreign national employed is now pegged at 16,050 euros, while for Greek nationals at 5,000 euros less. Now, it will rise to 26,000 euros for any uninsured/undeclared employee. In the case of a repeat of the phenomenon the business will be shut down temporarily, or permanently, depending on circumstances.