The free movement of services means that companies, registered in one of the EU member states, European Economic Union or Switzerland can send their employees for the period of the contract to work in the Netherlands. A work permit is not required for this, regardless of the employee’s nationality.
Service providers can send any of their employees to work in another member state, even employees who are not nationals of any EU member state. A work permit
is not required. A
notification suffices. This is a generally accepted principle since the European Court of Justice ruled on the arrest of Van der Elst. The Dutch government has however established that it should be notified beforehand where and which activities are going to be undertaken by the employee. This notification needs to be registered with the UWV Werkbedrijf.
A few conditions are applicable. The activities to be undertaken, services provided should be described, be time determined and for a previously agreed upon compensation value.
It is compulsory that the recipient of the services, in the Netherlands, request an A1 declaration from the EU service provider. Said EU service provider needs to request the A1 declaration which is valid for 24 months and is issued by the social security offices in the company’s country of origin. The A1 states that social security payments for the employee are made in the employee’s country of residence. It is in the interest of the service recipient her in the Netherlands to control the A1 as this ensures that they are not liable for social security payments regardling the employee in question.
The employee in question can make a claim against the basic employment conditions established in Dutch law. Namely, a salary according to the generally binding conditions and provisions of the collective labour agreement, rules regarding work and rest time, vacation days and health and safety norms.
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