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RI&E

SZW Inspectorate keeps finger on RI&E pulse

Written by: Nico Koppel | 3 April 2019

It is up to the employer to document the risks in an RI&E, which in addition to describing the specific hazards also needs to address such risk-reducing measures as the employer has put in place.

company car

Company car as employment condition

Written by: Sean-Paul Smit | 28 March 2019

An employer operated a company car scheme for the benefit of all members of staff who in the line of duty had to drive more than 10,000 kilometres annually or whose position within the company warranted it.

inaccessibility

Draft legislation providing for employees’ right to inaccessibility

Written by: Willemijn Houter | 21 February 2019

A “licence to uninterrupted leisure time” should accrue to everyone, as an indispensable right enabling the relief – or, better still, the prevention – of complaints of a stress and burn-out related nature.

wage payment

Implementation of measures to help solve continued wage payment snags

Written by: Nico Koppel | 31 January 2019

Any employee who is rendered occupationally disabled is entitled to (up to) two years’ worth of continued wage payments by his or her employer.

retirement age

State retirement age by 2024

Written by: Sean-Paul Smit | 11 November 2018

The past few years have seen the state retirement age in the Netherlands steadily increasing. This has to date been done by fixed increments, which it will continue to do until year-end 2021, whereas from 2022 onwards the state retirement age will be linked to the life expectancy trend.

corporation tax

Emergency repair measures in corporation tax sphere: memorandum of amendment

Written by: Stan Evers | 4 November 2018

One of the memorandums of amendment having been prompted by the reconsideration of the dividend tax abolition addresses the emergency repair measure for tax entities in a corporation tax sphere.

transitional compensation

Dismissal on the verge of retirement: no reduction of transitional compensation

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 27 October 2018

The statutory transitional compensation regime is mandatory in nature (i.e. it cannot be departed from).

transitional compensation

Maximum transitional compensation 2019

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 25 October 2018

The maximum amount in transitional compensation is subject to annual revision by ministerial regulation.

non-compete clause

How to read a non-compete clause

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 17 August 2018

It is important when interpreting a non-compete clause in addition to examining the actual phrasing also to consider the significance of the clause in the perception of the parties involved and their warranted expectation of one another in this respect.

dismissal

Going AWOL justifies (summary) dismissal

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 2 August 2018

Employees cannot in principle have their employment contract legitimately terminated by their employer without their written consent unless the scenario at hand is one of summary dismissal, for which the employer must have urgent cause.

liability

Employer’s liability

Written by: Willemijn Houter | 19 April 2018

According to legal precedent it is the employer’s duty to take out adequate insurance against loss, damage and/or harm suffered by any member of the workforce who while performing his or her duties as the driver of a motorised vehicle may become involved in a road accident.

confidentiality clause

Breach of confidentiality clause

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 11 January 2018

The Subdistrict Court found itself adjudicating the case of an employee of whose service contract a confidentiality clause (which extended to the employer’s clients and business associates), a non-compete clause and a non-solicitation clause had formed part, banning him on pain of penalty from making disclosure to third parties – both during the term of […]

non-compete clause

Resignation during probationary period does not negate non-compete clause

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 18 October 2017

A non-compete clause will make it more difficult for the employee in question to take up a position elsewhere when his or her employment contract ends.

dissolution petition

Optional withdrawal of dissolution petition

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 3 August 2017

Should the Sub District Court have the authority to enable the withdrawal of a dissolution petition for reasons of the intended awarding of a transition allowance?

Wage cost benefits

Wage cost benefits from the first of January 2018 onwards

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 21 July 2017

It is the Salary Costs (Incentive Allowances) Act of the Netherlands by means of which the current social insurance contribution discounts are converted to wage cost benefits for the occupationally disabled and for older recipients of social benefits.

notification obligation

Notification obligation

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 9 July 2017

The Sub District Court in response to a request from an employee ordained that the latter’s former employer had to pay out compensation for failure to abide by the notification obligation.

Re-employment clause

Re-employment clause

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 29 June 2017

When UWV upholds an employer’s request for permission to discontinue the employment contract with a particular employee for commercial reasons..

wage payment

Scope of continued wage payment

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 24 June 2017

Any employer who fails to live up to the obligation to help achieve the employee’s return to work without delay risks having the continued wage payment obligation extended.

working relationship

Dissolution of employment contract because of impaired working relationship

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 4 May 2017

Employers must have “good cause” for terminating any employee’s service contract.

Work and Security Act

Proposed adjustment of Work and Security Act

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 6 April 2017

Employers are under the obligation to pay transitional compensation to any employee whose service contract is terminated on expiry of a two year term or more.

Transition allowance

Transition allowance: interim arrangement

Written by: Marcel Frazer | 16 March 2017

When an employee is dismissed on his or her employer’s initiative, he or she gains entitlement to a transition allowance the level of which depends on the length of service.

Transition allowance

Interim scheme for smaller-scale employers having to pay out transition allowance

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 15 September 2016

At dismissal at the initiative of the employer after at least two years of service, the employee is entitled to a transition allowance.

employment agreement

Dismissal after employee’s culpable conduct

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 20 March 2016

An employee’s culpable conduct can give the employer an adequate reason for dismissal, even if conduct in question is outside the workplace.

reflection period

Statutory reflection period in wake of termination by mutual consent

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 4 March 2016

When is the start of the two-week reflection period by mutual consent?

notification duty

Notification duty when fixed-term contract is about to run out

Written by: Bas Hollenberg | 13 January 2016

This notification duty is deemed to have been satisfied as long as the letter to the relevant effect is sent ahead of the start of the final month on the job.

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