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New employment conditions for posted workers

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 30 July 2020

Do you work with temporary employees? Employees from other EU countries who temporarily come to work in the Netherlands for their employer abroad, will have a right to extra employment conditions.

What changes?

Under the 1996 Posted Workers Directive these employees already have the right to a number of Dutch employment and working conditions. This directive is being extended (pdf, in Dutch).

  • There will be rules on housing and supplementary fees.
  • If a posted worker has worked in the Netherlands for more than 12 months the number of employment conditions will be extended further.

This means that nearly all employment conditions of the country in which is the work is performed apply, with the exclusion of dismissal laws and supplementary retirement schemes. The period of 12 months may under certain conditions be extended to 18 months.

The rights of posted workers are then almost equalised with those of local temporary workers.

For whom?

  • foreign service providers
  • employment agencies
  • employers hiring posted workers


The implementation act of the revised Posted Workers Directive will come into force on 30 July 2020.

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