Regulation service at home

General regulation service at home for the Users of the Topsitters platform

Article 1 Brief summary

If a Sitter, during three or less days a week, provides sitting services in and around the home of the same User of the Topsitters Platform, it can make use of the ‘Regeling dinestverlening aan huis’(translated: ‘Regulations Services at Home) A Sitter may provide sitting services to several Users, as long as the Sitter complies with these conditions for each User individually. If a sitting service meets all the conditions of the ‘Regulation Services at home’, the User of the Topsitters Platform is not considered to be an employer. The Sitter is therefore not employed. The User does not have to consider financial or administrative  consequences (such as the tax authorities). However, the Sitter must declare his/her income to the tax authorities and to the benefit agency if the Sitter receives a benefit.

What conditions must the Sitter meet?
To be covered by the Regulations Services at Home, the Sitter must meet the following conditions;

  • The Sitter carries out the babysitting service/work in and around the User’s home. This condition is taken broadly. You may also go shopping, go to the
    playground with the children, go to sports or music lessons, etc. Babysitting in the house of the Sitter or in the house where the User temporarily lives are also covered by this condition.
  • Both the Sitter and the User are private individuals.
  • The Sitter works for the same User for a maximum of 3 days per week. How many hours a Sitter works per day does not matter for the Regulation Services at Home. Even if the Sitter only comes for one hour, it is considered as one working day.

What activities are covered by the ‘Regulation Services at Home’?
The Sitter is eligible for the Scheme for the activities listed below;

  • Looking after children
  • Take/pick up of other family members
  • Household work such as cleaning, washing, ironing, cooking and dishwashing
  • Caring for pets
  • Pick up of grocery’s/medicines
  • Maintenance of the garden
  • Care provision
  • Different chores, in and around the house

Doesn’t the Sitter meet the conditions?
If the Sitter does not meet the conditions, the Sitter is employed by the User. The User is then obliged to withhold income tax, national insurance contributions and employee insurance contributions. The User must also pay the employer’s levy Zorgverzekeringswet (Social Securities) for the Sitter.

Insurance with the UWV?
If the Sitter qualifies for the ‘Regulation Services at Home’, the Sitter is not insured for sickness, incapacity for work and unemployment. Do you want to be insured as a Sitter? Then you can take out voluntary insurance. You can find more information about this at the UWV.

Sitting Agreement
Does a Sitter meet the ‘Regulation Services at Home’? Topsitters has ensured that the User and the Sitter automatically enter into an ‘assignment agreement for services’ also called ‘Sitter Agreement’ in which agreements between the User and Sitter about the services (doing a sitting service) are recorded.

Acceptance
By sending a booking request, the User accepts the provisions of the Sitting Agreement and makes a legally valid offer to conclude this agreement. By accepting the booking request, the Sitter agrees to the provisions of the Sitter’s Agreement. Upon acceptance of the booking request by the Sitter, the Sitter and the User automatically enter into a Sitter Agreement.

One can find the full report called ‘Chapter 3 of the recommendation of the Committee on Services at Home (Kalsbeek Committee)’ at www.rijksoverheid.nl (in Dutch) In this chapter, the Committee describes the ‘Regulation for Services at Home’ and places it in an international context.