October 16, 2019

Dutch Labour Law and update for Diplomats

Diplomats only seminar

In the picture Dr. Hayder Al Tamimi, Legal adviser, Embassy of Iraq and Jan Dop, Russell Advocaten.

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”.

Mr. Omar Tarik Gencosmanoglu, Commercial Attache, Embassy of Turkey and Ms. Eva Balog, from the Embassy of Hungary during the registration period.

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. 

Attendees to Dutch Labour Law & Investing in The Netherlands’ seminar by Russel Advocaten in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine.

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. 
The Ambassador of Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Abdel Sattar Issa during the seminar.

Diplomats from Finland, Turkey, Kazakhstan, US, Armenia, Iraq, Lebanon, Ecuador, Tanzania, Surinam, Hungary, Nicaragua, Georgia, Singapore, Yemen, South Africa, Italy, Tunisia, Spain, Kosovo, Brazil, Ukraine, Slovenia, Malaysia, Ghana, Estonia, among others attended the seminar.

H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen.

During the seminar that started earlier in the morning, many asked questions and Russel’s team composed by Jan Dop, Ranier and Paul Russell came back with practical counselling and solutions.

Russell Advocaten regularly publishes updates for Embassies on www.embassydesk.nl, the website for diplomats. You can also read our posts on the website of Diplomat Magazine.

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