Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Netherlands as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Netherlands: Mileage reimbursement

The break in work routine is a good time to catch up with pulling together records and receipts for commuting costs …

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Netherlands: Return to work

To add to the difficulties of the next few months, the so-called “social partners” of the High Council for Prevention and Protection at Work, Policy Unit of the Ministry of Work, and several invited experts have met to construct a set of generic and individual sectoral guidelines about how to return to work …

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Netherlands: Wage subsidy scheme amended

The government’s wage subsidy scheme, also known as “NOW”, has been amended to allow for applications to be made from part of a Group company if it alone has experienced a 20% reduction in turnover, even though the Group as a whole has not …

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Netherlands: Transitional payment

The High Council of the Supreme Court’s Civil Section has ruled in the case of a claim by an employee who was on long-term disability and was reassigned to a lower paid job …

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Netherlands: Partner leave: 1 July 2020

All Partners of new mothers are now entitled to 5 days’ paid birth leave (rather than the prior two-day entitlement) …

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Netherlands: Online registration for posted workers

Does your organisation plan to post workers to the Netherlands during the next few months? Online registration of posted workers from within the European Union will commence on the 1st of March 2020 …

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Netherlands: Monthly gross salary thresholds for HSM changed

The monthly gross salary thresholds (excluding the mandatory 8% vacation allowance) for highly-skilled migrants (HSM) under the Foreign Nationals Employment Act Implementation Decree have just changed …

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Netherlands: Law to eliminate child labour

The Dutch Senate has been debating a proposed law requiring companies to eliminate child labour in their supply chains …

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Netherlands: Balanced Labour Market Act

The Balanced Labour Market Act (Wet arbeidsmarkt in balans: WAB) provides for a 5% reduction in contributions to unemployment insurance contributions for every employee on an open-ended rather than fixed-term contract …

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Netherlands: Family members of entrepreneurs exempted from work permit requirement

Family members of foreign self-employed persons/entrepreneurs are now allowed to take up paid employment without having to apply for a work permit in the Netherlands …

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Netherlands: ACM has imposed a fine of 1.84 million euros for deleting WhatsApp chat conversations during a dawn raid

When a company undergoes a spot inspection by a regulatory authority it is important for HR to warn employees not to destroy any materials – including messages or memberships of WhatsApp groups …

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Netherlands: Union membership continues to decline, youngsters reluctant to sign up

The once all-powerful Trade Union Confederation FNV has been suffering in recent years …

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Netherlands: Amendments to restructuring rules applied by the UWV

The Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) is applying new rules in respect to dismissal for economic reasons (redundancy) …

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Netherlands: Dutch Customs announces that non-EU company can no longer act as exporter from The Netherlands as of 1 December 2019

Another consequence of Brexit is that UK-based companies seeking to export through the Netherlands will no longer be able to be specified as the exporter on customs documents …

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Netherlands: Total compensation of employees averaged €59,000 in 2018

The latest consolidated payroll data from the Dutch state statistical bureau relates to 2018 …

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