Good news for the self-employed in the Netherlands: the proposed system for replacing the Verklaring Arbeids Relatie winst-uit-onderneming (VAR-wuo) has just been scrapped. Meant to have been introduced this year, the new system was intended to make it more difficult for firms, especially those in the building and healthcare sectors, to sack permanent employees and then hire them back in as ZZP-ers for less money. However, the new scheme would have created substantial additional paperwork for freelancers and there was a strong lobby against it.

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