Archive category: COVID-19

Wibra’s success

Wibra Supermarkten B.V. has been hit hard by the corona pandemic and the resulting shop closures. It therefore received advances on the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (Tijdelijke Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkbehoud, NOW) numbers 1, 2 and 3, totalling approximately EUR 7.5 million. Although this state aid...

Orange zone travel? Red card!

The Sub-District Court in Maastricht upheld the summary dismissal of an employee who travelled to an orange zone destination despite his employer’s COVID-19-related travel restrictions. The court found it relevant the employee had already received a number of final warnings and was therefore someone who was “on notice” but...

COVID-19 justifies rent reduction. And salary reductions too?

The District Court of The Hague recently ruled that, because it is an unforeseen circumstance, the coronavirus crisis has caused a fundamental imbalance in a lease agreement between a restaurant owner and the lessor. The court found that this imbalance justifies a reduction in the rent. The court based...

Court gags employee who refuses to wear a mask

A deliveryman for a confectionery chain who was suspended because he repeatedly refused to wear a mask is not entitled to his salary, the District Court of Utrecht ruled last week. What was the issue? Despite his employer giving him explicit instructions, the deliveryman refused to wear a mask...