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Netherlands — Clients jointly liable for rogue staffing agencies

31 December 2009

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announces that from 1 January 2010 clients who hire temporary employees via staffing agencies, which are not certified to comply with the standards of the independent Labour Standards Foundation (SNA) are legally liable for the payment of minimum wages and holiday entitlements to the temporary employees.

The government's aim is to fight against rogue temporary employment agencies who do not comply with Dutch labour laws and to give an added incentive to clients to work with officially certified staffing agencies.

If the client works with a certified staffing agency he cannot be made liable by the temporary employee.

Certified staffing agencies are listed in the Labour Standards Foundation Registry, which can be accessed here



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