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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Mandatory cash registers for entrepreneurs, Poland

02 Iunie 2013
  • Poland
  In 2010, the Polish Ministry of Finance introduced new regulations, to decrease the number of entrepreneurs exempt from registering sales electronically and hence widen the general use of electronic cash registers. While the instant response by taxpayers has not been overwhelming, the initiative is still considered a step in the right direction, as it increases the level of equality before law.  
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    Deterrence: improve detection

Crèches Act to legalise childcare workers, Poland

02 Iunie 2013
  • Poland
  In 2011 the Polish parliament adopted the so-called Crèches Act. The law opens the way for parents of young children to choose an alternative path to the organised care provided in childcare establishments, such as officially hiring a nanny. The response has not been significant, yet the government is not discouraged and plans to continue on the legislative path to reach other groups of workers trapped in the shadow economy and create possible exits for them.  
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    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Amnesty for illegal migrants, Poland

02 Iunie 2013
  • Poland
  Following long-standing pressure from civil society organisations supported by economic experts, the Polish parliament adopted a law legalising the situation of foreign citizens illegally residing in Poland and give them social rights. The amnesty was launched for the third time this century. The take-up by the target group (almost 10,000 applications) was higher than expected.  
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    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Voluntary Work Teams, Poland

03 Octombrie 2011
  • Poland
The Voluntary Work Teams (Ochotnicze Hufce Pracy, OHP) function as a state-run budgetary unit supervised by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy (Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznej, MPiPS). They provide educational activities for teenagers and young people aged below 25 years who have not completed their formal education and need to combine school with vocational training. Ultimately, the aim of the OHP is to prevent unemployed young people from taking up undeclared work.
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Coordinated approach to fight against undeclared work, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
In 2007, new legislation regarding the National Labour Inspectorate (PIP) came into force in Poland. Under the law, PIP is the central institution responsible for the control of legality of employment. A number of other administrative bodies are to cooperate with PIP in this regard. Among the main violations found are avoiding or delaying social security payments through undeclared work or the misuse of employment trial periods or civil contracts.
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First Business programme, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
  The ‘First Business’ (Pierwszy biznes) programme was launched in July 2005, and complemented the ‘First Job’ (Pierwsza praca) programme launched in June 2002. The ‘First Business’ programme focuses on supporting and promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment among young people. The programme is still ongoing and mainly targets secondary school graduates aged below 25 years and university graduates aged below 27 years.  
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    Legitimising undeclared work, Prevention

Employment of migrant workers without work permits, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
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First Job programme, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
  The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Ministerstwo Pracy i Polityki Społecznej) designed a ‘First Job’ programme (Programu aktywizacji zawodowej absolwentow), which sought to protect secondary school graduates against unemployment and thereby reduce the scale of youth unemployment. This measure aimed at curbing the supply of undeclared workers by reducing the number of unemployed young people. The programme lasted from June 2002 until December 2005.  
  • Type of measure:

    Prevention

Employment legality controls, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
  One measure that aims to curb the trend towards undeclared work and other forms of illegal economic activities involves the inspection of companies, employees and their organisations – in other words, trade unions and employer organisations – by employment legality inspectors. This measure was based on legislation introduced in 1995 and is still ongoing. It is implemented by government regional offices throughout Poland.  
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    Deterrence: improve detection, Prevention

Regulations for legalising domestic work, Poland

28 Octombrie 2009
  • Poland
Domestic work is one area of the Polish labour market which is particularly prone to undeclared work. In 2005, new regulations creating conditions for legalising this form of employment were introduced. However, the initiative failed to produce the desired results, as those targeted by the regulation simply ignored its provisions; as a result, the regulations were eventually repealed by the government in 2006.
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