Payroll office inspection
The payroll offices are companies subject to BUAG are inspected on-site for compliance with the legal provisions of BUAG, BSchEG, LSD-BG and SBBG. Employees from the Inspection department travel throughout Austria every day in this capacity, and play an advisory and/or supervisory function as personal on-site contacts in addition to inspecting companies.
Construction site inspection
When the Anti-Wage and Social Dumping Act [Lohn- und Sozialdumping-Bekämpfungsgesetz] (LSD-BG) came into effect on 1 May 2011, BUAK was authorised to conduct inspections in the construction industry (at construction sites and in payroll offices), and to file complaints to the responsible district administrative authority in cases of underpayment of employees.
The purpose of the LSD-BG is to achieve equal employment market and wage conditions for Austrian and foreign workers alike. The new law also aims to maintain fair competition for the companies on the market, as well as the proper payment of levies and social security contributions.
The construction site database set up in 2012 provides quick and transparent information about start and end dates for every construction site in Austria. This gives users significantly faster access to information about the location and start dates of construction projects, and allows for inspections as long as the construction site still exists and there are employees on-site.
In unclear cases, employees are invited to a meeting at BUAK to clarify any ambiguous situations. Inspectors check directly at the construction site whether an employment contract has been reported to BUAK. Through targeted collection and further processing of this information, BUAK is contributing to social fraud prevention.
For more information about wage and social dumping, click here.
The relevant provisions apply equally to companies registered in Austria and those registered in other countries. For more details, click here.
Please observe the reporting requirements specified in BUAG.