Stricter Employment Rules For Posted Workers Forthcoming
At a Glance
Employers posting workers in the Netherlands will need to file an online notification before the foreign national commences work in the Netherlands, once the government launches an online system later this year. Additional employment protections for posted workers on long-term assignments in the Netherlands are expected to take effect July 30, 2020. The situation
Employers posting employees in the Netherlands will be subject to a notification requirement, most likely later this year when an online notification system becomes active, according to rules from a law enacted in 2016. That law has subsequently been revised and the new version is in the process of being implemented in the Netherlands. The new draft law will bring additional protections for posted workers.
A closer look
Notification requirement. When the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) launches an online government notification system, employers of posted workers will need to submit an online notification before the posted worker commences work. The system is expected to open at the earliest in October 2019. Information sharing. The information from the notification will be added to an inter-agency registry to which the SZW, Tax and Customs Administration, Sociale VerzekeringsBank (SVB - the Dutch social security agency), and Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) will have access. Purpose. The notification is intended to make it easier for authorities to combat fake self-employment, to check whether employers have paid taxes and whether they are meeting minimum wage requirements and other mandatory employment conditions. Impact. When the system opens, employers must submit notifications before a posted worker starts work. Additional information is expected to be released on the notification requirement within the next few months. Other proposed changes. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has also published a draft law that implements the revised EU Posted Workers Directive into Dutch legislation. The below are key points about the proposed law: Employment protections for long-term postings. In order to limit employer abuse of employment laws, the period during which basic employment laws of the host country are applicable would be limited to 12 months, with a possible six-month extension. For long-term postings, more thorough employment regulations would apply. Impact. Employers would need to track the time posted...
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