Recent news

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

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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Netherlands: Labour Market Balance Act

The Dutch Labour Market Balance Act recently approved by the Senate will come into force on January 1st 2020 …

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Netherlands: Dutch cycling while texting ban comes into effect

Employees should be advised that the Dutch ban on texting or emailing whilst holding a mobile and cycling has now come into force …

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Netherlands: Child Labour Due Diligence Act

The Dutch Senate has recently adopted the Child Labour Due Diligence Act (in Dutch) …

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Netherlands: Dutch Senate approves bill on the Balanced Labour Market Act

The Labour Market in Balance Act, which was adopted by the Dutch Senate on May 28th, comes into effect on the 1st January 2020 and significantly amends the Dutch Work and Security Act …

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Netherlands: Dutch MPs propose the suspending of visa-free travel for Albanians in the Schengen zone

The Parliament of the Netherlands has proposed a motion to suspend the visa-free travel for Albanians in the Schengen zone …

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Netherlands: Polish workers earn lowest wages, half of foreign workers come from the EU

A total of 838,000 foreign nationals currently work in the Netherlands – amounting to 8% of the total workforce …

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Netherlands: Compensation of the statutory transition payment

When an employee’s job is terminated after two years sick leave because of long-term incapacity to work, their employer must compensate them through a transition payment …

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Netherlands: New self-employment law delayed, conflict with EU guidelines

Back in 2003, 75% of workers in the Netherlands were on permanent contracts, but today this is just 60% …

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Netherlands: Nearly 1 in 5 adults in education or training

In 2017, around 20% of adults between the ages of 25 and 65 years participated in some form of adult learning …

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Netherlands: More work-related mental fatigue

According to the latest figures from the Statistics Netherlands (CBS), in 2017, 16% of employees between the ages of 15 and 75 indicated that they experienced work-related mental fatigue several times per month …

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Netherlands: Statutory minimum wage to go up next year

The national gross statutory minimum wage for those aged 22+ in full-time employment will rise on January 1st 2019 …

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Netherlands: New rules for pension scheme transfers

Aon’s decision to move its pension fund from the Netherlands to Belgium has opened up an intense debate in the Dutch parliament about interpretation of the EU’s IORP II Directive …

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