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Netherlands: Recruitment and selection

Updating author: Wouter Engelsman and Jasper Hoffstedde, CLINT | Littler

Original authors: Mark Carley and Robbert H. van het Kaar

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  • Direct and indirect discrimination in access to employment is prohibited on various grounds. (See Discrimination)
  • There are rules about what job advertisements can and cannot state. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Apart from discrimination law, there is no general statutory framework governing recruitment and selection. (See General)
  • The minimum age for "regular" employment is 16, although there are special rules regarding anyone under the age of 18. (See Young people and children)
  • There are special measures for employing individuals who have reached state pension or retirement age. (See People who have reached state pension or retirement age)
  • There are restrictions on the employment of nationals of countries outside the pre-2013 EU member states and the EEA countries. (See Foreign nationals)