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Netherlands – Suspect a rogue agency? Then pick up the phone

15 March 2012

A national hotline has been set up in the Netherlands where anybody suspecting a rogue agency to be at work is encouraged to report it directly. This is part of the latest package of measures initiated by the Social Affairs Minister Henk Kamp who has actively been fighting against exploitation, human trafficking and illegal employment in the Dutch staffing industry.

The hotline is part of the Inspectorate of Social Affairs which aims to uncover rogue agencies in the Netherlands and encourages victims of “maleficent” employment agencies to report suspected cases. But entrepreneurs are also urged to report suspicious cases while all callers can stay anonymous.

The Minister has set his mind to ridding the country of the “persistent evil” which he calls rogue agencies and is keen to keep the image of the staffing industry clean as he believes employment agencies provide a good opportunity to get people back to work.  

Mr Kamp plans to bring the number of rogue agencies in the country down to zero within two years and employment agencies in the country will in the future have to be listed in a trade register. The Dutch House of Representatives, the lower House of Parliament, have approved this bill last week and it is planned to come into force on 1 May 2012. This will set out clearly who the owner of an employment agency is.

Yesterday it was also reported that if temporary employment fail to list themselves in the trade register, they could be fined thousands of Euros. 

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