Spanish labor ministry continues working condition crusade with Big Four fines

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Spain’s labor ministry fined the Big Four accountancy firms at least 1.4 million euros (U.S. $1.5 million) total for overworking and underpaying their respective employees.

Despite no complaint being lodged by any employee, the Big Four offices were each raided in November after the Spanish Ministry of Labor opened an investigation into the firms’ working practices regarding concerns employees were working longer hours than their employers’ records showed.

In January, Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz warned, “The excesses and abuses of overtime hours are being investigated and the mandate is clear. … No big company, no matter how big, is beyond the law.”

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