Hiring employees in Netherlands

Resource Type: Country Guides | Published Date: 1 February 2021

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in the Netherlands so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, including the Working Hours Act, Working Conditions Act, Act on Minimum Wages and Minimum Holiday Allowances.

For example, only employers can apply for work permits and they will need to demonstrate, in most cases, that it is not possible to fill the vacancy through recruitment within the Netherlands or the EEA.

This guidance will enable you to navigate the Netherlands’ legislative intricacies, providing you with the knowledge needed to operate compliantly.

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in the Netherlands are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Social security coverage
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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