Labour Inspection Structure and Organization

Name of institution that manages work issues

The Ministry of Social Policy is responsible for labour and employment affairs.

Department(s) responsible for Labour Inspection

The State Labour Inspectorate (Derzhpratsi) under the supervision and control of the Ministry of Social Policy, implements the national policy on inspection and enforces national legislation relating to labour conditions, employment, safety and health and social security.

There are other Inspectorates operating in the country, including the State Service of Ukraine on Mining, the State Sanitary-Epidemiological Service and State Inspection of Ukraine for Nuclear Regulation, under the supervision of other Ministries who also have responsibilities overseeing labour conditions.

The State Labour Inspectorate is divided into five different departments, including the Department for monitoring compliance with labour legislation and employment, which is also structured in five divisions and is responsible for overseeing and enforcing labour legislation.

Law that covers organization and functional composition

  • Presidential Decree No. 1085 of 9 December 2010
  • Presidential Decree No. 386/2011 of 6 April 2011 on the provisions relating to the State Labour Inspectorate
  • Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 346 dated 28.03.2011

Scope of labour inspection

Labour inspectors are responsible for overseeing the enforcement of legislation in all workplaces, regardless of the sector of activity or ownership. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with legislative provisions on employment, labour protection, job placement of the disabled, and the benefits and compensation of workers in heavy and arduous professions. Labour inspectors are also responsible for providing information to employers and workers on how to better implement legislation in practice.

Local divisions

The State Labour Inspectorate exercises its responsibilities directly in its Headquarters and through its regional offices in all 27 administrative regions of Ukraine, including 24 oblasts, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol.

Current reforms

In 2010 and 2011 the labour inspectorate was reformed by dissolving the previous State Department for Supervision of Compliance with Labour Legislation (Derzhnahliadpratsi) and creating the new State Inspectorate of Ukraine on Labour Issues (Derzhpratsi).

Human Resources and career development

Permanency of inspectors

Labour inspectors are appointed as civil servants, with protection against dismissal.

Background required

Territorial units of the State Labour Inspection hold monthly seminars of professional development of labour inspectors on the observance of the labour legislation, and different trainings for labour inspectors are organised through internationally funded projects.

Visits and functions

Role of preventive measures

The State Labour Inspectorate with the ILO has conducted nationwide information campaigns on labour law violations. Specific campaigns have also been launched on gender equality. Under this campaign different leaflets on sexual harassment, maternity protection and equality plans for the workplace were prepared. Flyers on different types of discrimination (access to employment, gender pay gap, career development, internal regulations and work and family responsibilities) were created and distributed and made available on the State Labour Inspectorate website . The Inspectorate also developed tools on undeclared work, working time and rights and obligations at work.

Registries and reporting of accidents/diseases at work

Data is collected by three different institutions.

Sanctions and administrative processes

Labour inspectors are empowered to issue administrative fines.

Social dialogue and labour inspection

The State Labour Inspectorate, while performing its assigned tasks, must coordinate its work with other institutions including local authorities, and workers and employers organisations.

ILO Conventions ratified

Ukraine ratified both Convention No. 81 and Convention No. 129 in 2004.