|06 September, 2019

Lebanon's Labor Ministry fines 37 businesses in crackdown

Teams from the ministry accompanied by members of the Internal Security Forces inspected 64 businesses and shops over two days

Image used for illustrative purpose. A gavel is seen in a hearing room in Panama City April 7, 2016.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A gavel is seen in a hearing room in Panama City April 7, 2016.

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BEIRUT: The Labor Ministry Thursday fined 37 businesses across Lebanon for employing foreign workers without proper paperwork, part of an ongoing crackdown.

According to a statement, teams from the ministry accompanied by members of the Internal Security Forces inspected 64 businesses and shops over two days, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The teams inspected businesses in Furn al-Shubbak and Hadath Wednesday, and 12 areas, including Tripoli, Nabatieh and Ashrafieh, Thursday.

Ten warnings were also issued. Labor Minister Camille Abousleiman launched a plan in June with 13 measures to crack down on unauthorized labor, giving workers and their employers a one-month grace period to apply for a permit. The grace period ended in July.

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