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Dutch employment law training

Who should attend

This Dutch employment law training course is relevant to international HR managers and directors with responsibility for employees in the Netherlands. It will also be useful to managers and directors who anticipate entering the Dutch market and who need to be aware of their responsibilities to their people.


Employee rights are well protected under Dutch law, especially in dismissal cases, but employers are able to swiftly adjust staff levels in their company due to changes in, for example a fluctuation in workload. A wide variety of options are available for employers to hire people in a flexible manner provided that the rules are used properly.

Led by a lawyer with extensive experience with international clients, this course gives you an overview of Dutch employment law and insight into possibilities and pitfalls for employers.


Please note that the course programme will have day 1 run on the 14 November and day 2 on the 16 November 2023

E mployment law framework in the Netherlands

  • setting the scene: the Netherlands’ labour market and legal framework
  • what is so different about Dutch employment law?

What’s on the horizon?

  • developments with respect to severance pay and dismissal law
  • other future developments in labour law

Hiring employees, contracts of employment

  • flexibility in contracts of employment; definite or indefinite term, on-call contracts
  • practical advice on drafting terms and conditions
  • sick pay, holiday entitlement and other typical contractual benefits
  • restrictive covenants

Day-to-day employee management

  • working time
  • absence and performance issues
  • equal treatment
  • discipline and grievances: key differences to the position in the UK

Termination of employment

  • ways of terminating employment
  • protection from dismissal: employees versus managing directors
  • collective dismissals: key points
  • calculating severance pay

Employee representation

  • working with the works council: the relationship, pre-conditions and participation rights
  • understanding how the works council becomes involved in personnel matters
  • involvement of unions

Cost: £499

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Select a date

14/11/2023 - 16/11/2023
Virtual online
14:00 - 17:00 (Local time)