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Budget Day 2020: changes to payroll taxes

In our memorandum we address the most significant changes proposed for payroll taxes and social security contributions.

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Failure to comply with reporting obligation for international postings fineable in the future

The Inspectorate SZW did enforce the reporting obligation during the first six months but did not impose any penalties. This trial period ended on September 1, 2020 and thus the freedom to voluntarily comply with the reporting obligation has come to an end.

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The Netherlands: gradual lifting of travel ban for non-EU citizens as of July 1, 2020 (COVID-19)

As of July 1, 2020 the Netherlands will no longer maintain the travel ban for citizens of the following 14 countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. The travel ban for Chinese citizens will be lifted as soon as China again allows EU citizens to enter the country.

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Cross-border working during COVID-19

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Expansion of group approach in the NOW and easing of several other measures

By letter dated April 22, 2020 the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment announced an important expansion of the group approach in the NOW. We discuss this expansion briefly. We also discuss the announced easing of the unemployment insurance contributions differentiation and the imposition of penalties in respect of highly skilled migrants.

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COVID-19 measures: Schengen area on lockdown for non-EU residents

On March 17, 2020, the EU heads of government decided that travelers from outside the European Union will no longer be allowed to enter the Schengen area, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to do so. The Netherlands has followed this up by closing its borders to citizens from outside the EU from March 19, 2020 at 6.00 p.m. The entry ban has now been extended to July 1, 2020.

 

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Brexit: right of UK citizens to reside in the Netherlands

On January 31, 2020 the United Kingdom left Europe. A withdrawal agreement (‘deal’) was negotiated under which UK citizens and their family members who lawfully resided in the Netherlands before the Brexit date or during the transitional period will retain their right to reside in the Netherlands. The transitional rules apply through to December 31, 2020. The arrangements in the withdrawal agreement apply to both UK citizens and any family members who are not EU nationals.

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Dutch online registration system for international assignments live as of March 1, 2020

As announced on December 19, 2019, the online registration will go live on March 1, 2020 (notifications with an effective date after March 1 will be able to be entered into the system from February 1). The registration can be done in Dutch, English or German.

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Annual adjustment of salary criterion for highly skilled migrants 2020

The gross monthly salaries that apply as of January 1, 2020 have been published.

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