The first mega inspection carried out by different government institutions, headed by the Ministry of Labor, that was aimed at verifying compliance with labor, tax, immigration, health and social security regulations, resulting in the fining of 14 stores and the closure of one in downtown San Jose.

Immigration officiers verify the status of foreign workers.. Photo courtesy Ministry of Labor.

In the 14 businesses fined were found breaches to issues such as receipts and minimum salary, among others. The shuttered business had inconsistencies with its ‘patente’ (operating permits).

Immigration officials confirmed the verification of 19 workers with residency in the country, of which two were cited for expired immigration status.

For its part, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) verified the information of employers, all but one were up to date with their employee benefit contributions. They also found 10 workers with some situation outside the law and another 45 with the papers a day.

As part of the actions, the Ministry of Health also made some seizures of merchandise.

In total there were 15 businesses reviewed, all located in Chinatown, in downtown San José, which had been reported to one or more of the institutions participating in the inspection.

Steven Núñez, Minister of Labor, explained that this is a first inter-institutional effort. “As well as joining actions in favor of formalization of work and economic activities, likewise, it promotes an improvement in working conditions that, in turn, facilitate an adequate living condition of working people,” said Núñez.

80 officials from seven different institutions or agencies participated in the mega operation in downtown San Jose’s Chinatown. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Labor.

This operation involved 80 inspectors from the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Taxation of the Ministry of Finance, the Caja, the Fiscal Control Police, Immigration Police and the Fuerza Publica (national police).

Núñez added that the plan is to continue with this type of actions in other provinces of the country, to guarantee compliance with labor rights and the promotion of the formalization of economic activities.

Source (in Spanish): La Nacion