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Cooperating with attachments of earnings as an employee

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Is your employee unable to meet their financial obligations? In that case a bailiff can levy attachment on (all or part of) their earnings. This is called attachment of earnings and requires a court injunction. As an employer, you are bound by law to cooperate with the attachment of earnings. You are not allowed to charge your employee any costs for this.

Attachment of earnings and writ of attachment

When attaching wages, the bailiff gives you a copy of the court order (judgment) and a writ of attachment. A writ of attachment is an official document. It states that the bailiff is levying attachment on your employee’s salary. From then on, you must pay the attached portion of the wages to the bailiff. You cannot pay your employee more than the protected earnings.

Protected earnings

The bailiff cannot levy attachment on your employee’s entire salary. The employee is entitled to keep part of their salary for subsistence and regular outgoings. This is called protected earningsExternal link (in Dutch). The protected earnings are at least 90% of the basic social security benefit including holiday pay. Protected earnings are easy to calculate yourselfExternal link (in Dutch).

Register the attachment of wages with the attachments register

Bailiffs have to enter an attachment of earnings on the digital register of attachments for bailiffsExternal link (Digitaal beslagregister voor gerechtsdeurwaarders, DBR).

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