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Legislative proposal: Dutch Financial Undertakings (Remuneration Policy) Act

Dutch Financial Undertakings (Remuneration Policy) Act A bill in respect of remuneration in the Dutch financial sector is currently being debated in the senate: the Dutch Financial Undertakings (Remuneration Policy) Act (Wet beloningsbeleid financiële ondernemingen; the Act). The proposed rules apply to all financial undertakings that are regulated by the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet … Continue reading

Whistleblower protection in the Netherlands: House for Whistleblowers

Introduction The legislative proposal known as ‘House for Whistleblowers’ is pending in the Netherlands. The proposal introduces an independent and impartial governmental institution that investigates wrongdoing and assists employees in disclosure proceedings: the House for Whistleblowers. In addition, the proposal introduces several rules to protect whistleblowers. The situation under current Dutch law and under the … Continue reading

Monitoring social media pays off

WhatsApp messages in which an employee expresses his opinion about a superior in an offensive manner can be sufficient reason for the employee’s instant dismissal. For employers, therefore, monitoring social media use by their employees pays off, and the importance of a good social media policy is ever increasing. In a recent case, a colleague … Continue reading

Paternity leave for fathers extended

The Dutch government recently decided to extend paternity leave arrangements for fathers. This gives the father the opportunity to spend a full working week with his child, which (according to a study by the OECD) would increase his involvement in the raising and care of the child. It is important for employers to be prepared … Continue reading

Is final discharge really final?

Introduction When an employer and an employee come to an agreement regarding the termination of an employment contract, the terms and conditions of such termination will be laid down in a settlement agreement. According to section 7:900 Civil Code, a settlement agreement seeks to conclude or prevent any uncertainty or dispute. To prevent parties from … Continue reading

Pension reforms in the Netherlands

If you are an employer currently offering your Dutch employees participation in a pension arrangement, then the below is a “must read”. In the Netherlands a legislative proposal is pending which may have an impact on the pension arrangements within your company. As of 1 January 2015 the following changes may come into force: For … Continue reading
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