The senators at the 25th plenary meeting approved amendments to the Criminal Code, according to which administrative forcing to labour and the use of child labour at hazardous sites, committed repeatedly, shall be classified as a criminal offense.
In particular, article 148–1 has been included in the Criminal Code. According to which, the use of child labour that could harm his health, safety or morality, committed after applying the administrative penalty for the same offence, is punishable by a fine of up to 25 basic calculation units (BCU, a new term which supplanted the minimum wage) or by deprivation of a certain right up to 3 years or by correctional labor of up to 3 years.
The Article 148–2 was also added, according to which “administrative forcing to labour, except as provided by laws, committed after applying an administrative penalty for the same offence”, is punishable by a fine of 100 to 150 BCUs or deprivation of a certain right up to 2 years or correctional labor up to 2 years.
The same action in respect of a minor after applying an administrative penalty for the same act shall be punishable by a fine from 150 to 200 BCUs or by deprivation of a certain right up to 3 years or by correctional labor up to 3 years.
In addition, the size of the fine for forcing minors to labour committed for the first time has been amended - from 30–50 MWs to 70–100 BRUs. This offence remains an administrative offense.