Tackling undeclared work database

Undeclared work can be defined as work which is in itself legal but is not declared to the authorities for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. Across the 28 Member States of the European Union, a great deal of effort is being invested into developing and testing policy measures that aim to tackle undeclared work.

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Customer Liability and Fraud Prevention Acts, Austria

02 kesäkuu 2013
  • Austria
  A variety of measures have been implemented in recent years in order to tackle social fraud practices in Austria, which have especially (but not exclusively) occurred in the construction sector. Two laws have recently been passed that make the subcontracting of ‘bogus’ companies more difficult. The 2009 Customer Liability Act targets construction companies subcontracting work to other companies. The 2011 Fraud Prevention Act aims to remove the unfair competitive advantage of some market players over others.  
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    Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

Law against wage and social dumping, Austria

02 kesäkuu 2013
  • Austria
  On 1 May 2011, the seven-year transitional period banning workers from eight new central and eastern European Member States from entering the Austrian labour market ended. In order to prevent social and wage dumping, a law bringing in stricter controls and penalties for these offences was introduced. However, the law leaves a loophole for companies refusing to disclose wage documentation. Administrative fines for this offence are much smaller than are the penalties for wage and social dumping.  
  • Type of measure:

    Deterrence: increase penalties

Measures to combat ‘social fraud’, Austria

03 lokakuu 2011
  • Austria
  The Austrian government has, since 2004, introduced a series of legal measures to tackle the growing incidence of ‘social fraud’ practices, particularly in the construction sector. However, as these measures proved largely ineffective in terms of deterrence, a new employee registration law and new legislation on the liability of construction companies subcontracting work to other companies were introduced in 2007 and 2008, respectively, to come into effect in 2009. Experts consider the latter initiatives to be more promising in terms of tackling organised social fraud.
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Introduction of household services cheque, Austria

28 lokakuu 2009
  • Austria
  • Sectors

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Reform of private geriatric nursing system, Austria

05 huhtikuu 2009
  • Austria
For cost-saving reasons, many older people in Austria engage illegal foreign workers to provide private nursing care at home. In order to legalise this work and to make care services more affordable, the Austrian parliament passed new legislation in 2007. Thus, illegally operating care workers may now be employed under the terms of the Private Household Workers Act or be entitled to join the ranks of self-employed nurses. Due to a lack of accompanying evaluation to date, the effects of this initiative have largely remained unclear.
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