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Taking away the unemployed status is painful for negligent job seekers

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State Employment Agency director Baiba Paševica

Latvia State Employment Agency (SEA) has already carried out measures stipulating stricter control of the registered jobless persons, while taking away the status of the unemployed from the negligent job seekers often turns out to be a painful decision for them, Baiba Paševica, SEA director, told the business news portal BNN.

SEA has cut the maximum time period allowed between the jobless person’s meeting with an inspector. Before the crisis, they had to meet once month, while the time period was extended to three months when the crisis stroke, because there was huge inflow of the unemployed, but the SEA job positions were cut. However, at the moment the time period has been reduced again – now the unemployed have to turn up once in two months. Moreover, depending on further unemployment rates and the fact whether it will be necessary to cut the staff, we plan switching back to the pre-crisis system with the jobless showing up at the SEA once a month, she says.

The most typical infringement of the jobless not meeting their duties is not complying with their individual job search plan. Most often they do not turn up to the meetings with the SEA inspector without notice. 45% of the job seekers lose the status of the unemployed for that matter.

Similarly, they also lose the status if they refuse the job we offer twice, do not attend trainings, do not inform about an illness or provide unreliable information.

Asked whether depriving of the status is a sufficient «punishment», SEA head says it is. We can see it from their reaction that this is a painful decision for them. This is also proven by the suits filed to the court, because people turn to the court for a number of reasons – for unpaid benefit payments, lost line and other matters. There are lot of such cases. For example, just a few days ago, there were legal proceedings on a case stemming from 1998, she points out.

Asked for the reaction of the SEA in case the jobless are registered but still work in the shadow sector, thus receiving both a salary and the unemployment benefit, Pasevica stresses it is very difficult to discover such cases, moreover, it is not the task of the SEA. If there is any suspicion on that, we collaborate with the State Labour Inspectorate and the State Revenue Service and, if it turns out to be truth, the person is taken away the status of the unemployed.

Similarly, the SEA head stresses Latvia should follow the plans of Estonia to promote the communication between the unemployed and the SEA inspectors via the Internet. Moreover, the first steps have already been taken, she says, adding that registered job less persons can contact inspectors via the Internet, also there is a portal of job vacancies. At the same time, Pasevica indicates it will never be communication through the Internet exclusively, because physical contact is also necessary, for example, when meeting with psychologists and carrier consultants.

 


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