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Netherlands – Rogue recruitment agencies fined more than €90 million

17 October 2013

Over the past 18 months rogue recruitment agencies in the Netherlands have been fined more than €90 million by the Approach Maleficent Employment (AMU) team. The AMU is comprised of the Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU), the Dutch Association of Mediation and Employment Agencies (NBBU), and the organisation responsible for monitoring compliance with collective agreements (SNCU).

The purpose of the AMU is to identify and companies and employment agencies that fail to uphold the Dutch labour standards. One of the aims of the AMU is not only to penalise the rogue agency but also the leadership behind it. The heavy fines and surcharges are also intended to prevent those responsible from launching another recruitment agency at a later date.

The imposition of heavy fines is also ensure that repeat offenders are bankrupted sooner.

Since the middle of 2012 there have been 60 investigations into 95 recruitment agencies and 181 user companies. In addition to pursuing the worst offenders within the industry, the AMU also performs regular audits; and in the past year-and-a-half 600 recruitment agencies and 700 user firms have been inspected. In 30% of the inspections there was a violation. 

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