NOW update: easing of the rules

Last week, Minister Koolmees sent a letter to the Lower House (click here, Dutch only), confirming an expansion of the temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Job Opportunities (the “NOW”). Expansion Briefly, the NOW effectively means that businesses that suffer a drop of at least 20% in their revenue over...

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Secondment provisions; consigned to history?

The secondment provision has been established practice in secondment circles for some time. This provision applies as a matter of course to secondment workers who have worked for the secondment agency for a period of fewer than 78 weeks unless its application is specifically excluded in writing. The provision...

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Employer may amend pension scheme unilaterally

Employers frequently ask us if they may amend their existing pension scheme unilaterally. The starting point is that employees have to agree to pension scheme amendments, separately from the works council. The employer may only amend the pension scheme unilaterally in exceptional cases. The Gelderland District Court recently held...

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Newsflash! Online NOW application tool opens Monday 9am

The Dutch Labour Office (UWV) has just confirmed that it will open its online application tool for the temporary Emergency Fund Bridging Employment (“NOW”) this coming Monday, 6 April, at 9:00 am. The UWV has been carrying out tests to ensure that the online tool will be able to...

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