Recent news

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

Netherlands: ‘Abridged reintegration report’ form now online

With effect from 1st August 2024, employers may only complete the ‘Abridged reintegration report’ form online and send it via the employer UWV portal …

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Netherlands: Minimum wage to rise on 1st July 2024

In October last year, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to further increase the statutory minimum wage …

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Netherlands: Tobacco control

The Dutch government is aiming for a “smoking-free generation” by 2040 …

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Netherlands: Legal duplication

The Netherlands already has a well-established body of law to protect individuals being discriminated against at the point of job selection …

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Netherlands: Dutch/Belgian agreement on cross-border work

The agreement concluded between the governments of both countries last November sought to remove the requirement for Dutch employers to register with Belgian tax authorities and charge Belgian payroll tax if an employee worked for part of their time in Belgium …

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Netherlands: New cross-border default rule

What happens when an employee works partly from home without their employer’s awareness that the home location is in another EU Member State? Normally cross border workers are subject to a rule that when working in different Member States for one employer, the social insurance legislation of the country of residence applies if the employee works in the country of residence for at least 25% of their time …

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Netherlands: The Competition Clause Modernization Bill

The government has begun consultation on reforms to the law governing non-compete clauses in employment contracts …

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Netherlands: Misuse of non-competes

The Arnhem-Leeuwarden Appellate Court has recently annulled a non-compete clause which it found to have been invalidated by an employer’s actions …

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Netherlands: Low-income benefits (LIV) expected to be abolished in 2025

Employers receive the LIV if their employee works at least 1,248 hours on an annual basis and has an average hourly wage between 100% and 104% of the minimum wage …

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Netherlands: Demise of LKV allowance

The LKV is an annual compensation for companies that employ persons aged 56+ who have difficulty finding work – for example, due to a disability, or their age …

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Netherlands: Request wage dispensation for an employee with a Wajong benefit

The Work and Employment Support (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong benefit) is a form of income for young people who have an illness or disability …

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Netherlands: Temporary employees

The Supreme Court has found that Works Councils do have right to give views about all group-wide temporary recruitment or secondment policies – whether or not they deviate from the norm …

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Netherlands: Temporary work suspension benefit (WW)

Employers may apply for a temporary support for their employees if they are not able to work due to adverse weather conditions – such as severe frost, snow, floods, slippery conditions, thaws or high water …

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Netherlands: Pension reforms

Earlier this year employers had to take on board legislation requiring existing defined benefit occupational pensions to be converted to schemes based on defined contribution by the year 2028 …

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Netherlands: WKR allowances (2024)

For 2023, the tax-free space within the work-related costs scheme (WKR) amounts to 3% of the first €400,000 of the company’s wage bill …

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