Hungary - One in seven employees victim of legal abuse - June 30, 2017

Nearly one in seven employees is the victim of legal abuse of one kind or another at the hands of their employer, according to a study issued by the Ministry for National Economy’s Department of Employment Supervision. The most common abuses affect working hours, rest period and extraordinary work. The number of illegally employed workers, which stood at 6.8 percent five years ago, increased to 10.3 percent in 2016 and is currently at 10.7 percent, a five-year increase of 57 percent. The number of employees being paid under the table for agricultural companies tripled since last year and now stands at 16 percent. The construction industry continues to have the highest rate of illegal workers. The lighter sanctions issued after the economic crisis in order to support SMEs do not prevent companies from violating their employees’ rights. Most employers know that even after a serious offense, they can avoid paying a fine.

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