Employment & Pension Lawyers in The Netherlands | CMS

Employment & Pension Lawyers

For your business to be successful, you must manage your employees and their benefits as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions. Yet employment and pension law in Europe is extensive, complex and, at times, contradictory. European directives, national laws, European court decisions, local cases and precedent must all be taken into account by your management team. Our 280-strong group of sector specialists can help you navigate the maze of HR regulations, policy documents and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles before achieving the outcome you need. With a global network covering more than 30 countries, we can help solve your problems across all the jurisdictions in which you operate.

We work closely together in teams consisting of lawyers, tax lawyers, pension specialists and notaries. We assist our clients with, for example:

  • Drafting and amending of labour agreements, regulations and protocols
  • Special forms of cooperation, such as freelance contracts, on-call or 'zero hours' contracts, management contracts or contracts for professional services
  • Special legal relationships, as with (semi-)servants and statutory managers
  • Labour disputes, strikes
  • Reorganisations and relocations
  • Transfers of undertakings, outsourcing and payrolling
  • Remuneration, harmonisation of employment conditions, expat agreements, employee participation plans
  • Pension related questions
  • Disability and reintegration
  • Health & safety: working conditions, whistle-blowing regulations, sexual harassment, accidents at work
  • Equal treatment
  • Co-determination
  • Collective agreements (cao)
  • Employers’ liability and directors’ liability
  • Compliance and disciplinary law
  • Foreign Nationals Employment Act
  • Data Privacy
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Michiel van Dijk
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Michiel van Dijk specialises in sport matters and employment law. In his sport practice, Michiel mostly advises sports organisations, sports associations and (international) top athletes on a wide...
Katja van Kranenburg - Hanspians
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Katja heads the Employment & Pensions Practice Group and the Technology, Media & Communications Sector Group of CMS in the Netherlands. She advises (international) companies about high profile employment...
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Robert Jan Dil
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Netherlands, Amsterdam
Robert Jan Dil is an advocaat in the Company Law and Employment Law practice at our firm. Robert Jan is specialized in employment conditions and contracts, employment conflicts, collective redundancy,...
Barbara Veldmaat
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Barbara Veldmaat practices employment law, with a particular focus on complex reorganisations. She advises (international) companies in relation to outsourcing, reorganisations, dismissals, works...
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Madeleine Lamers
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Madeleine Lamers specialises in employment law and is mainly involved in individual and collective employment law matters, rights of participation, public servants' law and social security law.Madeleine...
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Tjeerd Hoekstra
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Tjeerd Hoekstra is an advocaat in our Employment & Pensions Practice Area Group. He specialises in individual and collective labour law, with a focus on employee representation, reorganisations and...
Guus Lemmen
Netherlands, Utrecht
Guus Lemmen works as an advocaat in our Commercial Law Practice Group. He advises, and if necessary litigates, on matters such as general contract law and liability. Guus is specialized in liability...
Niels Koene
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Niels Koene is an advocaat in our Employment & Pensions Practice Area Group since 2011. He primarily represents national and international companies on both individual and collective labour law issues....
Tim Wilms
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Tim Wilms is a sports and media advocaat in the Technology, Media and Communications team of CMS.​He is mainly involved in advising professional football clubs as well as sports associations, federations...
Nigel Henssen
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Nigel Henssen is an advocaat in our Employment & Pensions Practice Area Group of CMS. He specialises in individual and collective employment law. ​Nigel advises amongst others on transfer of...