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Netherlands – Employers confused over new staffing registration

24 July 2012

The general employers’ association in the Netherlands (AWVN) has argued that the recent requirement for staffing firms to register in a trade register is causing several problems in the industry.

The AWVN warned that there is a lot of uncertainty and misconceptions about how companies should in fact undergo registrations. It has therefore proposed to delay fines which would occur if companies have not yet registered.

Employment agencies in the Netherlands now have to be registered in the trade register (Handelsregister) of the Chamber of Commerce as of 1 July 2012 in order to prevent fraud and illegal practices in the Dutch staffing industry. The Senate adopted the bill on 5 June 2012.

Under this new regulation, payroll companies will also have to register and failure to comply will result in high fines – charges of €12,000 per employee will be imposed although this figure can potentially double and triple. This new registration requirement aims to reduce the number of rogue agencies that underpay workers or operate illegally.

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