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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?
You are eligible for this wage dispensation (in Dutch) after an occupational health officer has verified claims of the employee's reduced productivity. The employee must also receive the Young Disabled Persons benefit (Wajong-uitkering).
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).