From 15 March till the end of July, the National Labour Inspectorate (PIP) carried out over 10,000 inspections. As a result, over 2,000 fines were imposed for a total of PLN 2.4 million. What were the most common infringements for which companies were fined?
Most of the fines imposed by the PIP during the coronavirus pandemic were related to non-compliance with health and safety rules and late payment of wages. One of the most frequently detected irregularities was improper occupational risk assessment in connection with the COVID-19 threat. The inspectors submitted 139 motions for fines to the courts and 96 notifications of suspected offence.
PIP announces more frequent inspections in companies due to the epidemiological situation in the country. The inspections are to be carried out especially in high risk zones, i.e. yellow and red districts.
During the inspection, the inspectors will check whether:
PIP inspectors will control the observance of occupational health and safety rules of workers working remotely, if the National Labor Inspectorate receives an appropriate notification of a possible violation of these rules. Reports can be submitted by workers whose employer has refused to deal with the problem reported by them, concerning failure to provide adequate working conditions in accordance with the provisions on temporary outsourcing of remote work as part of the amendment to the anti-crisis shield.
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Guidelines of the Chief Labour Inspector and Chief Sanitary Inspector regarding control activities carried out by labour inspection units during the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic were provided to inspectors in June this year.
These guidelines show that inspections in high-risk establishments, i.e. those in which the staff has been diagnosed with or is suspected of disease, and whose nature of activity may increase the risk of falling ill, should be postponed, and their carrying out is to depend on the development of the epidemiological situation.
During the inspection, the inspector is obliged to respect the employer’s restrictions and obligations related to the prevention of the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and, more importantly, the inspection activities may be carried out in no more than one entity on a given working day.
During the control activities, the inspectors should use a separate room, and the inspection should last as short as possible. In addition, the inspectors should adhere to the following principles during the inspection:
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