Fernández launches labor digitalization program to identify illegal workers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Argentina's government has launched a program to digitalize labor inspections to help to detect illegal workers, President Cristina Fernández announced at a press conference, according to local media outlet Canal AR.

The new program is Argentina's most recent step in regulating informal employment. According to Fernández, labor inspectors will be given netbooks with the databases of tax agency Afip and government's social security agency ANSES. This will allow the inspectors to immediately determine during an inspection whether a company's employees are legal.

The database will operate in real time and allow inspectors to speed up the process of identifying illegal workers and issue immediate fines for any violations. According to labor minister Carlos Tomada, the inspectors will be able to do in 24 hours what could previously take 40 days.

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Fernández highlighted the country's battle against illegal employment, with the country currently experiencing the highest percentage of formalized employees in the last 40 years. According to Fernández, in the 1990s, nine of every 10 employees were illegal, compared with current figures that show eight out of every 10 are legal.