EU employers that transfer workers, through employment agencies or send employees to provide services in the Netherlands, must comply with the Dutch labor code. The new law, introduced at the beginning of July, aims to prevent companies using service agreements to avoid Dutch labor regulations.

Main areas for compliance highlighted in the new laws are:

  • Wages and allowances
  • Working conditions – including safety rules and health regulations
  • Working hours and time off
  • Working age
  • Maternity programs
  • Job protection and non-discriminatory rules 

Similar to other EU countries (e.g. Austria or France), where comparable regulations are in place, foreign employers must keep documentation for inspection and appoint a member of staff, at the Dutch workplace, as a point of contact for the authorities.

Dutch labor authorities are also planning to introduce an online electronic system. Foreign employers will be obligated to send a notification about the transfer details.   

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Dutch government (website displays Dutch).

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: