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Young disabled people in the Netherlands are eligible for a benefit under the Dutch Invalidity Insurance (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong Act). If you employ workers who receive this benefit, in some cases you may pay them less than the minimum wage. You are eligible for this temporary wage dispensation if the employee’s occupational disability means his productivity is lower than other employees. You may use this wage dispensation facility for 6 months to 5 years.
When do you qualify?
An occupational health officer verifies claims of clearly reduced productivity.
How to apply?
You can apply for wage dispensation for disabled employees (in Dutch) at any time during the year to the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV, in Dutch).