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Posting workers inside the EU

This information is provided by

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, SZW

The European Union (EU) knows free movement of goods and persons. If you are posting your employees from the Netherlands to a country inside the EU to do a job, you normally have to meet certain obligations. One of the obligations is your duty to notify the government in the EU country you are posting your workers to.

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Notification for posted workers from the EU

The notification duty for workers from the EU extends to all EEA countries plus Switzerland. The demands and procedures differ per country. This overview shows you what you need to do per country. You must notify the government of the EU country you are posting your workers to. Often, you have to do this prior to the actual posting period. Besides the notification duty, you should get acquainted with the working conditions. Also, you should find out how to ensure social insurance coverage for your posted workers.

Posting to the Netherlands

If you are posting workers from an EEA country or Switzerland to the Netherlands, you have to notify the Dutch government. In certain professions, self-employed professionals also have to notify the government. You can find all information on who needs to notify and how on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment Posted workers websiteExternal link, which is available in English, Dutch and German.

Who has to notify?

  • Dutch companies that move to an EU country temporarily with their own staff to perform a service.
  • Multinationals posting workers to one of their branch offices in one of the EEA countries or Switzerland.
  • Dutch employment agencies posting temp workers in an EEA country or Switzerland temporarily.
  • In some countries, self-employed professionals and business travellers also have to notify. This is stated with that country‚Äôs information.

What happens if you fail to notify

Not observing obligations can lead to penalties (including fines) for you as an employer, for the posted worker, or for the company the worker is posted to. The notification duty enables governments to check that employers observe the rules. This helps to prevent underpayment and poor working conditions.

This information is provided by

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, SZW