Information for posted workers
Do you live and work in a country within the EU, EEA or Switzerland, will you remain with your employer and are you coming to work in the Netherlands temporarily? If so, your employer abroad is obliged to notify your arrival. In addition, you are entitled to the main Dutch terms of employment if you are coming to the Netherlands for a temporary posting with your employer abroad. This also applies if you are being seconded from a multinational company to its own branch in the Netherlands, or if you are coming to work in the Netherlands through a foreign temporary employment agency. These terms of employment are set out in Dutch legislation. In sectors where a universally binding collective agreement applies, you are also entitled to the ‘hard core’ of the terms of employment from this collective agreement. You can read more about your rights here.
The main Dutch terms of employment are:
- the minimum wage;
- sufficient rest hours;
- safe working conditions;
- equal treatment of men and women; and
- a minimum number of paid days off.
The notification by your employer abroad to the Dutch notification portal makes it simpler to check whether they comply with these terms of employment.
On workinnl.nl, you can find more information about living and working in the Netherlands. This website explains your rights and obligations and what you need to arrange. It helps you to be able to live and work in the Netherlands safely, healthily and fairly. It also provides more information which you can find here about wages, collective labour agreements (cao’s) and who you can contact if you have questions about your wages.
Your employer notifies your arrival through the online notification portal, including your name, date of birth, nationality, identity number, information about where your social security contributions are paid, and possibly your email address. If you wish to know if you have been notified and what has been notified about you through the notification portal, you should first ask your employer for this information. If your employer refuses to share the notification with you, you can submit a reasoned request to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. The Ministry aims to answer the request within four weeks.
For the Ministry to be able to respond as efficiently and effectively as possible, your request needs to be as complete as possible. The request should be accompanied by a copy of a valid ID, through the KopieID application for smartphone, for example. Without a valid ID, your request cannot be dealt with. Once your identity has been established, the copy of your ID will be deleted immediately.
See also the privacy statement of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.
If the notification is incorrect, ask your employer abroad to amend the details. If your employer abroad refuses to do so, you can submit a reasoned request to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to get your details changed. The Inspectorate will then ask the employer abroad or their contact person to amend the notification. The Inspectorate may impose a fine on your employer abroad. The Ministry aims to answer the request within four weeks. Here, too, we ask you to submit a request that is as complete as possible, accompanied by a copy of a valid ID, as described above.