On 2 October 2019, in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine, Russell Advocaten hosted a – diplomats only – seminar in The Hague. The subject of this well-attended event was “Dutch labour law and investing in the Netherlands – an update for Diplomats”.
The agenda contained the following:
- (New) Dutch dismissal law
- Labour Market in Balance Act
- Employee illness
- Investment in the Netherlands
The highly interactive meeting focused in particular on Dutch dismissal law and the mandatory transition compensation.
Key issues for Embassies include:
- As from next year, every employee who does not quit himself is entitled to a transition allowance from day 1, even in the event of a temporary contract. Even though this obligation does not apply to termination agreements, a minimum comparable compensation will have to be paid in that case too.
- As from next year, you may conclude three year contracts in a row.
- Every employer, including Embassies, must call in an occupational health and safety officer/company doctor in the event of illness of employees.
- It will be possible to combine reasons for dismissal.
- A wage sanction may be imposed in the event of inadequate supervision of ill employees.
- Legal assistance is required to set up a company in the Netherlands. Consult for example www.startingabusinessnl.com.