Tackling undeclared work database

Undeclared work can be defined as work which is in itself legal but is not declared to the authorities for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. Across the 28 Member States of the European Union, a great deal of effort is being invested into developing and testing policy measures that aim to tackle undeclared work.

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Coordinated inspection system, the Netherlands

02 Јуни 2013
  • Netherlands
Undeclared work is an ongoing problem and a strongly debated issue in the Netherlands. In July 2012 an agricultural employer was sentenced to three years in jail for exploiting foreign workers. This case came to the light through the recent intensified inspections by the interventions teams from the SZW Inspectorate (formerly the Labour Inspectorate), which has become more focused in its checks. The teams concentrate their inspection work on sectors having a dubious reputation: agriculture, construction and cleaning.
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Registration requirement for temporary agencies, the Netherlands

02 Јуни 2013
  • Netherlands
  On 1 January 2012, several labour laws came into effect aimed at combating illegal employment and labour exploitation. The legislation marks a new area in which government (and the national Labour Inspectorate) intends to play a more active supervisory role. In particular, the law re-introduced the requirement for temporary employment agencies to be registered. Agencies that are not registered with the trade register held by the Chamber of Commerce will be fined, as will companies that hire staff from such agencies.  
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    Deterrence: improve detection, Deterrence: increase penalties

Hotline to report illegal temporary agencies, Netherlands

02 Јуни 2013
  • Netherlands
  In March 2012 the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs opened a hotline to report illegal or rogue temporary employment agencies. The hotline responds to the complaints of both the companies working with temporary employment agencies and to victims' complaints. It is part of a broad, inclusive approach, in which several ministries and the branch itself cooperate. If necessary, Interpol can be called in and an agreement has been reached with the Flemish government.  
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    Deterrence: improve detection, Deterrence: increase penalties

Regulation of domestic work, Netherlands

28 Октомври 2009
  • Netherlands
Private domestic work is often undeclared in the Netherlands. Therefore, the Dutch government liberalised the regulation of private domestic work with new tax and social security measures in January 2007. Private domestic workers and their private clients are not obliged to declare this kind of work to the tax and social security authorities when the work lasts up to three days a week. However, the workers still have to report their full income for their yearly income tax.
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Minimum wages for temporary agency workers, Netherlands

28 Октомври 2009
  • Netherlands
On 30 December 2008, a bill was published making employers hiring temporary agency workers liable for paying these workers the legal minimum wage (Inlenersaansprakelijkheid voor minimumloon uitzendkrachten). An exception is made when the employer only hires temporary workers from a certified temporary work agency. The Foundation of Labour has criticised the bill as being insufficient to curtail fraudulent temporary work agencies.
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Introduction of fines to prevent underpayment of minimum wage, Netherlands

28 Октомври 2009
  • Netherlands
On 4 May 2007, the Law on minimum wages was changed by the introduction of the possibility to levy administrative fines in cases where employers pay (some of) their employees less than the legal minimum wage. The maximum fine per offence (per employee) is €6,700. At the same time, the number of staff employed at the Labour Inspectorate was increased to allow more inspections to be carried out.
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