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The Netherlands — Government crack-down on tax evasion of foreign temporary employees

30 September 2009

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Employment and Tax is about to launch an information campaign to 45,000 companies in the construction, catering, agriculture, retail and cleaning sectors to alert employers to their duties when hiring temporary employees from other countries.

The purpose of the campaign is to inform employers of their responsibilities in terms of work permits, minimum wages, tax payments and health and safety.

A letter and information folder will be sent out to employers, which will state clearly that if temporary employment agencies do not pay tax or not enough tax for their temporary employees, the final employer is legally responsible before Dutch law.

The information folder will show what employers must do in order to avoid such situations. This latest government action comes before a series of fraud cases by rogue agencies where foreign temporary employees are concerned.



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