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                    THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                   
              LAW ON THE STATE LABOUR INSPECTORATE                              
                                                                                
                    Vilnius, 25 October 1994                                    
                            No.I-614                                            
                                                                                
                  CHAPTER 1. General Provisions                                 
                                                                                
     Article  1.   This  Law   shall  establish  the  objectives,               
functions, structure, rights, duties and responsibility of labour               
inspectors, procedures for inspections and work organizing of the               
State  Labour   Inspectorate  of   the  Republic   of   Lithuania               
(hereinafter referred to as "Labour Inspectorate).                              
                                                                                
     Article 2.  The  Labour  Inspectorate  is  a  state  control               
institution functioning  in the  Ministry of Social  Security and               
Labour. The Labour Inspectorate is a legal entity which possesses               
the seal  comprising the  States Emblem  and its  own  name.  The               
Labour Inspectorate shall be financed from the state budget.                    
                                                                                
     Article 3.  In its  activities the Labour Inspectorate shall               
observe the  Constitution of  the Republic of Lithuania, this and               
other laws,  as well as other standard acts which regulate labour               
relations and job safety.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 4.  According to the confines of its competence, the               
activities of the Labour Inspectorate shall cover:                              
     1) enterprises,  institutions and  organizations situated in               
the  Republic   of  Lithuania   (hereinafter   referred   to   as               
"enterprises"), irrespective  of  their jurisdiction and forms of               
ownership;                                                                      
     2) foreign  capital enterprises  which are  situated in  the               
Republic of   Lithuania,  enterprises in  which a part of foreign               
capital belongs  to a  foreign investor (joint venture) and which               
are situated  in the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  unless  otherwise               
provided in international contracts; and                                        
     3) enterprises  situated abroad (on the territory of foreign               
states), but  which are under the jurisdiction of the Republic of               
Lithuania, unless  otherwise provided  in international contracts               
(agreements).                                                                   
     The procedure  for  inspection  of  enterprises  within  the               
system of  National Defence,  Internal Affairs, State Security in               
the  sphere   of  labour   relations  and  job  safety  shall  be               
established, upon the coordination with the said institutions, in               
the State  Labour Inspectorate  Regulations (hereinafter referred               
to as "Regulations") which are approved by the Minister of Social               
Security and Labour.                                                            
     In certain objects the Labour Inspectorate shall not inspect               
those spheres of job safety the inspection of which is instructed               
to other specialized inspectorates.                                             
     The sphere  of competence of other inspectorates, government               
services on  the job  safety matters in the enterprises inspected               
by them,  taking into consideration the instructions of necessary               
maintenance of   potentially hazardous technical equipment, other               
standard acts  of labour  protection, shall be established by the               
regulations of  insptectorates and services which are approved by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
                                                                                
               CHAPTER 2. Objectives and Functions                              
                   of the Labour Inspectorate                                   
                                                                                
     Article 5.  The main  objectives of  the Labour Inspectorate               
shall be as follows:                                                            
                                                                                
     to carry  out the  public job  safety policy   ensuring  the               
prevention of  job safety  violations, occupational accidents and               
diseases; and                                                                   
     to control  the implementation  of laws  on labour  and  job               
safety, and other standard acts regulating these issues.                        
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Labour Inspectorate shall:                                  
     1) control  the implementation  of laws  on labour  and  job               
safety (laws  on the  Contracts of Employment, Labour Protection,               
Wages, Holidays), as well as other standard acts related to these               
matters, provide findings to courts where disputes concerning job               
safety are being settled;                                                       
     2) consult  and provide  information to  employers and their               
organizations, job safety services of the enterprises, employees,               
trade unions  on such  matters as  labour, job safety, concluding               
and carrying out of collective agreements;                                      
     3) inspect if labour conditions used in enterprises, as well               
as working conditions meet the requirements of the standard acts,               
and  how   legal  and  natural  persons  follow  the  established               
procedure for maintenance of potentially hazardous machinery;                   
     4) inspect  how employees  in the  enterprises are  provided               
with general and individual labour protection means, provision of               
medical  adaptogenic  preparations,  also  inspect  if  employers               
provide conditions for and request the employees who are required               
to have  their health  examined, to examine it at the established               
time;                                                                           
     5) in the manner prescribed by the Regulations:                            
     examine designs  of newly created labour conditions, as well               
as labour  protection means  and present  conclusions  concerning               
conformity   of these  designs to  the job  safety  requirements,               
issue permits  to the  enterprises for    producing  these  means               
according to the test results of the samples of labour conditions               
and provisions for labour protection;                                           
     establish  the  procedure  for  rendering  services  to  the               
enterprises  on   job  safety   matters  (training  and  testing,               
consulting, technical  services),  issue  permits  to  legal  and               
natural persons to render the said services;                                    
     issue permits  for the works of mining, blasting, extraction               
and processing  of mineral resources, geological borings, seismic               
explorations, processing  of flammable  gas, chemistry,  oil,  as               
well  as  for  technological  processes  during  which  cases  of               
blasting, fire or poisoning are possible;                                       
     present  conclusions   concerning  preparation  of  training               
programmes for  training and  improving the  skills of job safety               
specialists, for  instructing pupils  of schools of higher, high,               
vocational and secondary education in job safety;                               
     coordinate   the   preparation   of   rules   and   standard               
instructions in other institutions;                                             
     6) issue  permits for  exploitation of new and reconstructed               
enterprises, their  divisions,  new  technology,  participate  in               
testing of  employees and  employers (persons authorised by them)               
on the job safety matters;                                                      
     7) investigate  the causes and circumstances of  serious and               
fatal labour  accidents, inspect  if  enterprises comply with the               
established procedure  for investigation  labour  accidents,  how               
preventive measures  are implemented  in order to prevent  labour               
accidents and  occupational diseases,  provide  findings  to  the               
officer of  the state  compulsory insurance  against accidents at               
work in  determining whether  to recognise the labour accident as               
an insured accident, carry out other functions established by the               
Law concerning  the state  compulsory insurance against accidents               
at work;                                                                        
     record  accidents  at  work,  generalize  their  causes  and               
circumstances;                                                                  
     participate in  the investigation  of occupational  diseases               
and accidents;                                                                  
     8) provide  information to the Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania, as  well as reports to the Minister of Social Security               
and Labour  about observance of the laws and other standard acts,               
which are  assigned to  the controlling  competence of  the State               
Labour Inspectorate,  by enterprises. It shall inform the society               
about the observance of these standard acts;                                    
     9)   keep a  record of  standard acts  concerning job safety               
which regulate  the issues assigned to the controlling competence               
of the Labour Inspectorate; and                                                 
     10)  carry   out  functions   established  by   other  laws,               
regulations and standard acts.                                                  
                                                                                
        CHAPTER 3. Rights and Duties of Labour Inspectors                       
                                                                                
     Article 7.  The Chief State Labour Inspector of the Republic               
of Lithuania  (hereinafter referred  to as  "Chief  State  Labour               
Inspector"),  his   or  her   deputy  (deputies),   chief  labour               
inspectors of  the departments,  senior labour inspectors, labour               
inspectors (in  this Law  - labour  inspectors), while performing               
functions assigned to them, shall have the right:                               
     1) upon  presenting the  certificate of employment, to enter               
enterprises at  any time  of the  day and  to inspect if standard               
acts assigned  within the  competence of  the Labour Inspectorate               
are observed;                                                                   
     2) to  obtain data  and documents  (their copies,  extracts)               
from the  enterprises which  are necessary  for carrying  out the               
labour Inspectorate functions;                                                  
     3) to  get explanations orally or in writing from employers,               
employees and upon investigation of labour accidents - from other               
persons as  well, concerning violations of laws on labour and job               
safety and  other standard  acts which  regulate job  safety  and               
labour  relations,  as  well  as  concerning  non-fulfillment  of               
rightful instructions of the Labour Inspectorate;                               
     4) to sustain the validity of permits specified in item 5 of               
Article 6  of this  Law, when  the violation of the activity, for               
which the permit has been issued, is established;                               
     5) to  give instructions  on the  projects of   enterprises,               
their divisions  under construction or reconstruction and designs               
of labour  methods, when the arrangements planned in the projects               
do not meet the requirements of job safety;                                     
     6) in the manner prescribed by the Regulations:                            
     to ban production, advertising and realization of labour and               
labour  protection   provisions,  if   they  do   not  meet   the               
requirements of  standard acts  on job  safety, are  hazardous to               
people's health and life;                                                       
     upon informing  an employer, to take samples of labour means               
(raw material,  products) for  the  job  safety  examination,  to               
request that control measurements and laboratory tests of working               
environment, as  well as  examinations or special tests of labour               
and safety  provisions would  be conducted  at  the  enterprise's               
expense;                                                                        
     7) to  notify the  employer of  the  employees  who  do  not               
fulfill the requirements of job safety;                                         
     8) within  the competence  to settle  disputes  between  the               
employer and  employee concerning  the refusal of the employee to               
work on the grounds that job safety is not guaranteed;                          
     9)  to  demand  that  the  employer  or  persons  authorized               
thereby, stop the works when:                                                   
     employees are not being trained to work safely,                            
     conditions for  labour accidents  and sudden  poisoning  may               
form or  have  already  formed  due  to  faults  in  machines  or               
unforeseen conditions,                                                          
     the working  environment becomes hazardous to health or life               
due to violations of technological or work processes,                           
     employees are  not provided  with  necessary  collective  or               
individual safety provisions,                                                   
     it becomes  clear that  produced labour  conditions would be               
hazardous to people's health or life;                                           
     10) in  the manner  prescribed by the Code of Administrative               
Violations of  Law, to impose fines on persons who violate labour               
laws, standard acts on job safety; and                                          
     11) upon arrival in the enterprise for  investigation of the               
reasons of  serious, fatal labour accidents, if necessary, to use               
the enterprise's  means of  transportation and communication free               
of charge.                                                                      
     The rights  specified in items 4 and 6 of this Article shall               
be granted  to the  Chief State  labour Inspector, his deputy and               
chief labour inspectors of the departments.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 8. Labour inspectors must:                                         
     1) upon  disclosing violations  of  labour  and  job  safety               
requirements, warn  the employer  and obligate  him to  eliminate               
them, and  in the cases specified in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 4 of               
item 9  of Article 7 - to terminate works and, if necessary, lead               
out employees  from the  dangerous zone,  when the  employer  has               
refused to do so;                                                               
     2) transfer  the material  concerning violations of standard               
acts on  labour and  job  safety    in  the  enterprise  to  law-               
enforcement institutions, if the said violations have resulted or               
might have resulted in serious labour accidents affecting people,               
or have other serious consequences;                                             
     3) not reveal state, commercial and technological secrets of               
enterprises,  which   they  have   discovered  while  discharging               
official duties.                                                                
                                                                                
       CHAPTER 4. Procedure for Conducting Investigations                       
                                                                                
     Article  9.   The  Labour   Inspectorate   shall   establish               
periodicity, mode and volume of inspection.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 10.  The labour  inspector shall notify the employer               
or  person  authorized  by  him  of  a  planned  arrival  at  the               
enterprise, if such notification does not impair effectiveness of               
investigation.                                                                  
     The employer  or  person  authorized  by  him  must  provide               
appropriate working  conditions for  the labour inspector, and if               
necessary, for specialists invited by him to conduct inspection.                
                                                                                
     Article 11.  The labour  inspector may  notify  the employer               
(or  person   authorized  by  him)  and  representatives  of  the               
enterprise's trade  union of  his arrival  at the enterprise, who               
may  participate   (if  they  wish)  in  the  inspection  of  the               
enterprise.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 12.  Upon having  inspected  the  enterprise,    the               
labour inspector  shall draw  up documents  of the  set form  and               
acquaint the employer (or person authorized by him) with them. If               
they wish  so, the  representatives  of  trade  unions  shall  be               
acquainted with the material of investigation.                                  
     Instructions, requests,  which do  not  contradict  standard               
acts, shall  be obligatory for the employer (or person authorized               
by him) and employees.                                                          
                                                                                
         CHAPTER 5. Structure of the Labour Inspectorate                        
                    and Organization of Work                                    
                                                                                
     Article 13.  The structure  of the Labour Inspectorate shall               
consist  of   the  Board   (central  apparatus)   and  inspection               
departments (including territorial departments), if necessary and               
not exceeding  budgetary allocations,  other subdivisions  may be               
established; the  Minister of  Social Security  and Labour  shall               
                                                                                
approve the  establishing of such subdivisions at the proposal of               
the Chief State Labour Inspector.                                               
     Separate subdivisions  of the  Labour Inspectorate  may have               
the status of legal person or non-profit organization.                          
                                                                                
     Article 14.  The Chief  State Labour  Inspector shall direct               
the Labour  Inspectorate and  its Board.  The Minister  of Social               
Security and  Labour shall  be empowered  to appoint  him to  and               
dismiss him from his office.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 15. The Chief State Labour Inspector shall:                        
     1) organize  the work  of the  Labour  Inspectorate  and  be               
responsible for its activities;                                                 
     2) act  in the name of the Labour Inspectorate and represent               
it;                                                                             
     3)  approve   the  rules   of  procedure   of   the   Labour               
Inspectorate, official regulations of structural subdivisions and               
labour inspectors, and the list of Labour Inspectorate staff;                   
     4) appoint  to and dismiss from office, heads of departments               
and other subdivisions, and other personnel;                                    
     5) approve  the list of enterprises in which the special job               
safety management  and control  systems need to be established in               
an obligatory procedure;                                                        
     6) have  the right  to submit proposals to the Government of               
the Republic  of Lithuania concerning termination and revoking of               
decisions of  government and  other state  institutions, if  they               
contradict the  laws  on  job  safety  and  other  standard  acts               
concerning job safety issues;                                                   
     7)  present   necessary  findings   concerning     technical               
conditions of  labour methods  and manufacturing  production,  as               
well as  concerning construction  standards and correspondence of               
the instructions  of job  safety  to  the  requirements  for  job               
safety;                                                                         
     issue orders  in the  established manner,  approve rules and               
standard instructions  for job  safety prepared by the ministries               
and other state institutions;                                                   
     8)  have  the  right  to  participate  in  sessions  of  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania, when issues related to               
standard acts  on labour  and job safety and their implementation               
are under consideration;                                                        
     9) consider  claims  on  actions  and  decisions  of  labour               
inspectors; and                                                                 
     10) exercise  other powers conferred on him by  the Minister               
of Social Security and Labour.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 16.  The deputy  Chief State  Labour Inspector shall               
carry out  the instructions  of the Chief State Labour Inspector,               
and in the event of his absence - act as such.                                  
     The Chief  State  Labour  Inspector  shall  appoint  to  and               
dismiss from office the deputy Chief State Labour Inspector.                    
                                                                                
     Article 17. Chief labour inspectors of the departments shall               
direct the departments (including territorial departments) of the               
Labour Inspectorate.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 18.  Citizens of  the Republic of Lithuania who have               
graduated from  an institution  of higher education, have special               
knowledge and  are tested  in the  manner prescribed  by standard               
acts, may work as labour inspectors.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 19.  Job skill  requirements for  labour inspectors,               
procedure for  their training,  improvement of skills and testing               
shall be  established by  the Minister  of  Social  Security  and               
Labour.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 20.  Labour inspectors  cannot  be  members  of  the               
administrative  bodies   of  state,   stock,   private   business               
enterprises, perform other appointive or elective duties, work in               
other state  or private  enterprises or  receive other additional               
payment,  with   the  exception   of  remuneration  for  creative               
activities.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 21.  Funds of the State Labour Inspectorate obtained               
from services  shall be transferred to the Labour Protection Fund               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 22.  Expenses for examinations, which are set by the               
Labour Inspectorate  and are  related  to  the  investigation  of               
serious and fatal accidents at work shall be covered according to               
the procedure established in the Regulations by the enterprise in               
which the accident has happened.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 23.  Upon carrying out functions assigned to it, the               
Labour  Inspectorate   shall  maintain   relations  and  exchange               
information with  other state  institutions of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, as well as with trade unions, employers' organizations               
and similar services from other countries.                                      
                                                                                
         CHAPTER 6. Responsibility of Labour Inspectors,                        
                  Appeals against their Actions                                 
                                                                                
     Article 24.  The inspector  shall be  personally responsible               
for his  official actions and decisions whereby any damage caused               
shall be compensated for in the procedure established by the laws               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
     Actions  and  decisions  of  the  labour  inspector  may  be               
appealed against  to the  Chief State  Labour Inspector or to the               
Minister of  Social Security  and Labour,  or to  the court.  The               
decisions of  the Chief  State Labour  Inspector may  be appealed               
against to  the Minister  of Social Security and Labour or to the               
court.                                                                          
                                                                                
                   CHAPTER 7. Final Provisions                                  
                                                                                
     Article  25.   Labour  inspectors  are  civil  servants  and               
guarantees prescribed by the law, which are provided for the work               
in civil service shall apply to them.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 26.  The Government  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
shall resolve  issues concerning establishment, reorganization of               
the  labour   inspectorate  and  termination  of  the  activities               
thereof.                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
I promulgate  this Law  enacted by  the Seimas of the Republic of               
Lithuania                                                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
President of the Republic          Algirdas Brazauskas