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Gov’t approves draft bill for tele-labour, employees could work at home. PM Tudose – ultimatum to the banks to rethink their strategy

The Gov’t has approved the draft bill regulating the work from distance (so-called tele-labour), opening the possibility for employees to work at home or from the distance, without the right to extra-hours. The employer does not have the right to request a trial period.

According to Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu such contracts could be advantageous for both parties, as the employer cuts administrative costs and the employee cuts expenditures with transport to the workplace, tvr.ro informs.

The employee could work at home or another place to his choice, using IT technology.

According to Eurostat, Romania is on the last places in the EU in terms of work from the distance. In Finland, Denmark, UK and Belgium about one quarter of employees work at home.

The draft bill will be subject to parliamentary debates.

PM Tudose tells banks they have in hand several weeks to rethink their strategy

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose does not exclude the possibility to reveal information about some banks which externalize profits and haven’t paid income tax in Romania.

In an interview with Antena3 TV, Tudose admitted that Finance Minister Ionut Misa has had talks with bank representatives in Romania regarding their profits and that the banks have in hand several weeks to rethink their strategy.

The Premier said the banks ‘took advantage, naturally’ of the state’s reluctance to investigate their financial situations, however the current situation cannot go on anymore.

Finance Minister Ionut Misa said last week that 70% of the banks in Romania haven’t paid income tax in the past five years.

Finance Minister Ionuţ Mişa said last week that 27 banks have avoided paying the profit tax over the past five years and warned them that the tax administration “knows about these operations and does not tolerate them any more” because “Romania is not a third hand country.”

“70% of the banks do not pay income tax. Last year, out of 46 banking units, 31 of them reported losses amounting to RON 9.8 billion. In the past five years, only 15 banks have paid corporate tax, and we have included here also the banks that paid only in one year of the five. The amount thus collected was RON 1.7 billion,” Ionut Mişa said.

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