Penalties by the Labour Inspectorate

“Because of an unfortunate accident that happened on the work floor we received a substantial fine and a warning for a preventive cessation of activities from the Labour Inspectorate. We contested this decision with the help of Holla legal & tax. The result: both the fine and the warning are off the table.”

An accident or administrative mistake can occur in any organisation, no matter how well you run your business as an employer. You can be faced with an occupational accident, or you can have a temporary employee in your workforce who does not have the correct documentation. A (supposed) violation of the Working Conditions Act or the Labour Act for Foreign Nationals that is discovered by the Labour Inspectorate can have major implications for your organisation. Consequences can vary from a hefty fine to a warning for a preventive cessation of activities or an actual preventive cessation of activities of the organisation.

The Employment Law-team of Holla legal & tax has the expertise and the experience to support you if your organisation receives a penalty in a labour inspection procedure. Our specialists are experienced in (successfully) contesting fines or (warnings for) a preventive cessation of activities. We will assist you with the legal steps throughout the entire procedure, from the submission of the notice of objection to the appeal.

Examples of our experience:
  • We have successfully defended a demolition company after an unforeseen incident occurred during asbestos removal. Holla contested a fine of over €40.000,- and a warning for a preventive cessation of activities imposed by the Labour Inspectorate, both of which were annulled.
  • The Labour Inspectorate imposed a double fine and a warning for a preventive cessation of activities on a company due to recidivism in connection with a work-related accident. Holla successfully contested this, the initial fine was halved and the warning for a preventive cessation of activities withdrawn.

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