More stringent rules for non-EU workers proposed

HRM 04 Dec 2012

The Dutch Cabinet has approved of plans to limit work permits for non-EU nationals to one year. These workers would also become eligible for permanent work permits in five years’ time, instead of the current three.

In addition, employers who have violated labour laws in the past will no longer be able to grant work permits. The government will also reserve the right to set quotas for Dutch and EU nationals in sectors with a high ratio of non-EU workers.

The new proposal also included a clause which stated that employers are supposed to pay “competitive wages”.

If the plan is approved by Parliament, it will take place from next year.



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