Dutch employment law is facing substantial changes in January and July 2015. These changes will impact all businesses employing staff in the Netherlands.
1 January 2015
Notification obligation: employers must inform employees on whether their employment contract will be renewed one month prior to expiry. Breach of this obligation may result in penalties.
Trial period: no trial period may be included in a fixed term employment contract of 6 months or less.
Non-compete: non-compete clauses are not allowed in fixed term employment contracts, regardless the term of the contract.
1 July 2015
A chain of fixed term contracts?
A chain of 3 fixed-term contracts exceeding 2 years in total will automatically convert into an indefinite contract.
Do not forget to check your existing fixed term employment contracts for compliance!
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