Labor market watchdog fines 5,486 companies in first nine months

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Hungarian labor market watchdog OMMF has investigated 16,500 companies in the first nine months, uncovering irregularities regarding employees at 8,239 of them and imposing fines of a combined HUF 1bn on 5,486, business daily Napi Gazdaság reported on Tuesday.

OMFF found some form of irregularities at 44% of the 160,000 employees checked in the period.

Late payments constitute 10% of all uncovered irregularities, the paper wrote. Other frequent problems related to holidays, overtime and wages.

Napi added that more and more companies go "phantom" after a first inspection, with their tax numbers revoked or even under liquidation during a planned second phase of investigation by the OMMF.

The sector employing most illegal laborers has shifted from the construction industry to security firms, OMMF figures show.

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