FRANCE: Labour Inspection – 300 000 audits planned for 2019

By the Figaro

According to the annual review of the Directorate-General for Employment of which Le Figaro has become aware, the agents will carry out 24 000 interventions to check the regularity of the posting of workers in France.

For 2019, the Labour Inspectorate plans to carry out 300,000 interventions in companies, says the Directorate-General for Labour in its annual report (assessment and priorities), which is due to be presented to the social partners on Wednesday and of which Le Figaro is aware. This is more than in 2018, the year in which 274 544 interventions were carried out by the 4364 labour inspection officers throughout France.

This is the first time that the Directorate-General for Labour has set a quantified target for the interventions to be carried out in companies. As for the priorities, it has defined four: fraud against posted workers, illegal work, equal pay for women and men and occupational safety and health.

More specifically, for this year 2019, agents will carry out 24,000 interventions to monitor the regularity of the posting of workers from other European countries to France. This corresponds to 33% more interventions than in 2018. “The objective will be applied regionally to target the sectors of activity to be monitored as a priority and to initiate partnership actions with other monitoring bodies”, say the experts from the Directorate-General for Labour in their report.

“12,000 checks will focus on the sectors of activity where illegal work is most frequent”

24,000 targeted interventions on illegal work will also be carried out with an emphasis on trafficking in human beings or hidden work. “12,000 controls will cover the sectors of activity where illegal work is most frequent (construction, hotels and restaurants, agriculture, business services, transport, etc.),” the experts say.

In addition, the Labour Inspectorate plans to carry out 7,000 interventions to ensure that companies comply with their obligations – reinforced by the law on equal pay for women and men – which will be strengthened by the future professional law.

It should be noted that 40,000 interventions will aim to control the risk of falls from height resulting in 318 workplace accidents (including 49 fatalities) in 2018.

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