The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe bordered by Germany and Belgium. The word “Netherlands” literally means "lower countries", in reference to the country’s low elevation and flat topography. The Netherlands ranks among the highest in the world for press freedom, economic freedom, human development, quality of life, and happiness.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 16 weeks of maternity leave, of which 4-6 weeks are taken before the due date, and at least 10 weeks are taken after the birth. The father or partner is entitled to 1 week of paid paternity leave after the baby is born.
Employees with children under the age of 8 can take unpaid parental leave up to 5 weeks (with an option to claim benefits from social insurance).
There is no specific maximum number of sick days that can be taken, and employees are entitled to wages paid by the employer at 70% of the regular salary rate while they are sick.
The Netherlands has 11 public holidays, and employees are entitled to at least 20 days of paid time off each year. Employees might also qualify for other types of leaves such as short-term care, adoption, and bereavement.
The minimum wage is EUR 1,934.40 per month for employees over the age of 21. The standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day, and should not exceed 45 hours. Overtime hours and pay are regulated by the employment contract or collective agreement.
The termination process for employment contracts depends on any Employment Agreement or Collective Agreement in place, and the reason for termination. Terminations due to economic reasons or long-term disability cannot occur without involving the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
The notice period required for terminations varies based on the length of employment:
Severance pay is referred to as a transition payment and is usually stipulated in the employment contract. Employees are usually entitled to a payment calculated as 1/3 of the regular salary per year of employment (up to a maximum of EUR 84,000).
It's common for companies in the Netherlands to pay their employees a 13th month allowance in November or December of each year. The percentage is the same for all employees in the company and usually equals about 8.33% of the base salary. The Netherlands introduced a tax scheme that allows migrant workers to receive 30% of their income tax free for up to five years, helping them offset the cost of relocation and potentially higher cost of living. The program is intended to attract skilled workers to the Netherlands and keep Dutch employers competitive in a global marketplace.
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