Newcomers who start working in the Netherlands are often confronted with various matters concerning Dutch labour law.

The laws which cover labour and employment in the Netherlands are diverse. Dutch legislation covers key areas such as trial periods, holidays, notice and dismissal, minimum wages, health and safety and equal treatment. 

Employees in the Netherlands are relatively well protected by the rules of Dutch Labour Law. However, internationals cannot always rely on the legal safeguards that have been created for Dutch residents. Dutch law may not always be applicable for internationals. In principle, an international’s personal employment contract will determine the specific conditions. 

Other components of employment law relevant to internationals are: 

  • The review of employment contracts
  • Determining which law is applicable to the employment contract 
  • Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) 
  • Salary claims
  • Redundancy proceedings and settlements, severance payments, 
  • Unemployment insurance benefit (WW) 
  • Employee sickness issues

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