From 1 July 2014 new sanctions apply in the Working Hours Act. Under the new regulations the Work Environment Authority no longer has to prove that the employer has acted deliberately or negligently in order for the employer to be liable for breaching the rules in the Working Hours Act and the employer can no longer avoid a sanction by arguing that it acted in good faith.

Fines apply to, amongst other things, breaches of rules in the Working Hours Act on regular working hours, on-call time, overtime, additional hours, total hours worked per year, time spent driving and daily and weekly rest.

Fines are based on the total number of unauthorized hours worked by employees or hours on call, multiplied by 1% of the price base amount applicable at the time of the breach (ie SEK 440 for 2014).