Since 1 July 2012, for supplying workers for payment, a new obligation to register is applicable. The supplier is obligated to register this activity at the Commercial Register kept by the Chamber of Commerce. This obligation applies to all employers, so not only the professional suppliers, like employment agencies. Companies who professionally supply workers, like employment agencies, can inform the Commercial Register by submitting a change form. Companies who incidentally supply workers can do this by phone or email. For hirers it is of importance that they are no longer allowed to use suppliers who are not registered properly. The hirer needs to verify the registration on the website of the Chamber of Commerce. The consequences of not complying with the obligation to register are vast. Suppliers are liable to a fine of the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate of EUR 12,000 for each employee. Also hirers are liable for such fines. With the obligation to register, the Dutch government intends to improve tracing frauds and the protection of employees as well as to stimulate fair competition.
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