Police recently visited 46 restaurants in the downtown area to verify that foreign staff had their work permits in order, RÚV reports.
In nearly all cases, the workers could provide the appropriate papers and were cleared. Only three workers received warnings. Two of them had permits that were not assigned to the place they were working and one could not provide proof of permission to work here.
Of the 300 workers who were checked, 5% were residents of countries outside the European Economic Area and are therefore required to apply for work permits.
Earlier this month, the Directorate of Internal Revenue (RSK), the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), and the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) announced their renewed commitment to a campaign to put a stop to unreported forms of employment.
The campaign consists of patrols and surprise visits to various places of employment in order to review tax assessments, employment contracts and payroll processing. Increased scrutiny is expected in tourism, construction and the automotive trade.
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