More than half of Latvia's employers pay less than minimum wage

More than half of Latvia's employers pay less than minimum wage, or €380 a month, said State Revenue Service representative Sandra Kārkliņa-Ādmine appearing on LTV July 24.

According to Kārkliņa-Ādmine, in the food industry a whopping 65% of businesses pay less than minimum wage to their employees.

"Just 20% [of food sector employers] pay from the minimum wage to €700, which, of course, also isn't a lot," she said.

According to reviews in restaurants in Rīga and near Rīga, the most commonplace violations include not logging working hours, not registering employees, and receipt fraud, said the tax service representative.

In June LTV's Forbidden Methods uncovered a scheme in which a row of Old Riga restaurants used summaries or invoices that were presented to customers for their agreement but never materialized in a proper receipt.

The State Revenue Service told LSM that a real receipt will always have an identifier of the cash register, the taxpayer's registry number and legal address, as well as the date and time of printing. It will also of course include the items you've paid for including tax, as well as the total sum and VAT. 

It will also include information about the amount paid and change given (if there is any), as well as info on discounts (if any), along with the means of payment and numbers identifying the cash register.

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