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Work and Security Act

Netherlands

The 'Wet Werk en Zekerheid' (translated literally: Work and Security Act) brings a radical change to the employment law in The Netherlands. The act came into force in phases during 2015 and 2016.

On this website you will find the various changes explained by topic. The information will be available by clicking the highlighted item on this page. The content is regularly updated.

If you wish to receive more specific or detailed information, please contact the employment law specialists mentioned on this website.

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March 2019
CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in M&A Trans­ac­tions
CMS Em­ploy­ment Prac­tice Area Group is pleased to share with you the 2019 edi­tion of the CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in M&A Trans­ac­tions.While mer­gers and ac­quis­i­tions (M&A) tend to be led by cor­por­ate or tax law­yers, deal­ing ef­fect­ively with the em­ploy­ment law is­sues can sig­ni­fic­antly im­prove the chances of a suc­cess­ful trans­fer. The im­port­ance of em­ploy­ment law and the types of dif­fi­culties that arise de­pend on the nature of the in­di­vidu­al trans­ac­tion, but a fail­ure to ad­equately ex­am­ine the ex­ist­ing rights and ob­lig­a­tions between the tar­get com­pany and its staff can res­ult in ex­pens­ive em­ploy­ment claims, ad­min­is­trat­ive fines and oth­er li­ab­il­it­ies.The em­ploy­ment law­yers on the team must carry out due di­li­gence to identi­fy any po­ten­tial prob­lems with col­lect­ive bar­gain­ing agree­ments, mis­clas­si­fic­a­tion of em­ploy­ees (e.g. as freel­ance), pen­sion schemes, em­ploy­ee be­ne­fits, ac­crued and as-yet un­paid time off, ex­ist­ing leg­al claims and po­ten­tial leg­al claims. They can also help design lay­off and re­ten­tion strategies, en­sure reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance, har­mon­ise em­ploy­ment prac­tices in the new com­bined en­tity and deal with cross-bor­der clashes in em­ploy­ment cul­ture.This CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in M&A Trans­ac­tions provides a com­pre­hens­ive over­view of the em­ploy­ment law re­quire­ments to be taken in­to ac­count when deal­ing with an M&A trans­ac­tion in any one of 31 jur­is­dic­tions. In­form­a­tion about cross-bor­der mer­gers can be found in a sep­ar­ate CMS guide.This guide of­fers a valu­able re­source to help with the plan­ning ne­ces­sary to man­age risk and avoid ma­jor prob­lems dur­ing every stage of the in­teg­ra­tion pro­cess. Should you need more de­tailed ad­vice, please reach out to your reg­u­lar CMS con­tact or send an e-mail to em­ploy­[email protected]­al.com. We have a proven track re­cord in un­der­stand­ing our cli­ents’ needs, and in de­liv­er­ing a pro­fes­sion­al and seam­less ser­vice. We will be happy to provide fur­ther ad­vice.The CMS Em­ploy­ment Team
January 2019
CMS Guides to Dis­missals
CMS Em­ploy­ment Prac­tice Area Group is pleased to share with you the 2019 edi­tion of the Guides to Dis­missalsThe CMS Guides to Dis­missals are in­ten­ded to help em­ploy­ers an­ti­cip­ate the pos­sible courses of events when they de­cide to ter­min­ate an em­ploy­ment con­tract or dis­miss a man­aging dir­ect­or. The bet­ter pre­pared and in­formed the com­pany is, the easi­er the pro­cess is to handle for every­one in­volved. Dis­missals are not just ac­tions through which an em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ship with a com­pany ends, they can also be a part of a lar­ger re­struc­tur­ing pro­cess, some­times in­clud­ing sev­er­al coun­tries.Our CMS Guides to Dis­missals provide an easy to use over­view of ter­min­a­tion pro­ced­ures for em­ploy­ees and man­aging dir­ect­ors across Europe, Asia and Lat­in Amer­ica. The first part of the Guides deals with ter­min­a­tion pro­ced­ures for em­ploy­ees and the second part for man­aging dir­ect­ors. The Guides are in­ten­ded to provide CMS’s in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ents with a sum­mary of loc­al laws across 33 coun­tries, mak­ing it easi­er to un­der­stand both the sim­il­ar­it­ies and dif­fer­ences between jur­is­dic­tions. If these Guides en­cour­age you to seek more de­tailed in­form­a­tion, please reach out to your reg­u­lar CMS con­tact or send an e-mail to em­ploy­[email protected]­al.com. We have a proven track re­cord in un­der­stand­ing our cli­ents’ needs, and in de­liv­er­ing a pro­fes­sion­al and seam­less ser­vice. We will be happy to provide fur­ther ad­vice.Please fill in the de­tails be­low to re­ceive a free copy of CMS Guide to Dis­missals:560340ht­tps://form.jot­formeu.com/902318824583601al­ways
June 2020
CMS Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Glob­al Bro­chure
In the people busi­nessThe CMS net­work cov­ers 43 coun­tries with over 70 of­fices world­wide. We have the largest team of em­ploy­ment spe­cial­ists in Europe and a strong pres­ence in the Afric­an, Asi­an and Lat­in Amer­ic­an mar­kets.From ex­ec­ut­ive con­tracts and equal op­por­tun­it­ies, to re­struc­tur­ings and trans­fers of busi­nesses, em­ploy­ment and pen­sions law can be com­plex and, at times, con­tra­dict­ory. Dir­ect­ives, European court de­cisions, na­tion­al laws, loc­al cases and pre­ced­ent must all be taken in­to ac­count by your man­age­ment team. Our group of 450 sec­tor-fo­cused spe­cial­ists help cli­ents nav­ig­ate the maze of reg­u­la­tions, policies and oth­er leg­al com­plex­it­ies fa­cing com­pan­ies on a daily basis.

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