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Netherlands – Sickness absence to be reduced among temporary workers

01 November 2012

There have been increased efforts in the Netherlands to reintegrate temporary workers back into the labour market after they have been off work due to sickness. A new agreement now aims to tackle the problem.

The UWV, a Dutch agency where the unemployed register to claim their benefits, is increasing its cooperation with the staffing industry to reduce long-term sickness absence among temporary workers.  

The organisation signed an agreement with the STAF (Stichting Arbo Flexbranche) which provides services on temporary work regarding sick leave, health & safety and other legal obligations and rights.    

The partnership will increase re-integration policies. “By developing joint activities with the staffing industry, we want to increase temporary staffing services,” said Fred Paling, board member at the UWV.

Under the agreement, the UWV will assess the situation of temporary workers on sick leave and identify possible job opportunities with the help of staffing companies. The workers are expected to work towards “successful reintegration” into the labour market. 

The partnership comes as part of a measure aimed to modernise sickness absence and sick leave in the Netherlands. 

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