The financial penalty imposed to companies employing foreigners in violation with the Act on Employment of Foreigners (Wav) will be raised enormously as of 1 January 2013. A first offence will be sanctioned with EUR 12,000 per foreigner. This was EUR 8,000. If the company breaches this Act within a period of 5 year again, the penalty will be EUR 24,000 per foreigner. If for the third time in this period of 5 years a violation occurs, the penalty will be EUR 36,000 per foreigner.