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Fines For Dutch Workers Alert

Fines For Dutch Workers Alert

On-the-spot fines increasing in Holland for those without Adequate International Private Medical Insurance: International Recruiters need to be Aware

There has been a marked increase in on-the-spot fines in Holland for individuals that don’t have the right international private medical insurance in place, Jelf Employee Benefits is warning international recruitment consultants.

Anyone living or working in Holland must have local private health cover from a provider that is fully recognised by the Dutch health authorities if the cover is unlicensed or unregulated, the individual is liable for a fine. Individuals can be fined twice a year, at &pound350 a time, if the health cover does not meet the right criteria. Recruitment consultants need to be aware of the pitfalls of not having the right insurance in place for any international placements that they advise on. Employers look to them for guidance on specific requirements in each country and it’s important that their knowledge is up to date.

Sarah Dennis, international healthcare director at Jelf Employee Benefits says: & lsquo;Expats and foreign nationals are particularly targeted by the authorities, and we are urging recruiters to take note of this enforcement. International healthcare has a completely different set of rules from the UK and this is a further reason why employers must seek advice from an expert. It is much better practice to get the insurance right first time, and specialists in international health cover can advise on specific anomalies for each country.’

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