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Netherlands – Top 100 staffing firms violating labour laws

10 September 2012

The Dutch Social Affair Minister Henk Kamp has compiled a list of the top 100 employment agencies in the Netherlands that are violating labour laws, which often includes the exploitation of workers and committing tax fraud.

The list will not be published for fear of causing libel and slander, the Minister said, but the agencies involved will be fiercely scrutinised by the Labour Inspectorate.

In a letter sent to the parliamentary Lower House, the Minister called for putting an end to violations in the staffing industry.

“We are doing a lot, but more efforts are needed. Also by the sector itself. Together we have to tackle agencies which underpay, provide no social security contributions [and] exploit people.” The staffing sector has welcomed his announcement.

The Minister has already taken several steps to combat rogue agencies in the Netherlands. Over 200 agencies have been inspected since March 2012 with 17 raided. Since July 2012, staffing firms in the Netherlands also need to have an entry in the trade register, a move that is to make the industry more transparent.

The Minister has set his mind to rid the country of the “persistent evil” which he calls rogue agencies and is keen to keep the image of the staffing industry clean. He believes employment agencies provide a good opportunity to get people back to work. Earlier this year, he announced ambitious plans to bring the number of rogue agencies in the country down to zero by 2014. 

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