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Immunity of international organisations in labour disputes

Various international organisations are based in the Netherlands. These organisations enjoy a degree of immunity in order that they may remain independent and function without impediments. This immunity is enshrined in the so-called headquarters agreement concluded between the relevant organisation and the Netherlands. It […]

Changes Dutch labour law

Changes Dutch labour law

Starting January 2015 a new Dutch labour law will  be the source of many changes. It will have a large effect on employment contracts. There may be some repair legislation and formal changes pending 2014, but for now, the following can be considered rather definite.

An employee needs to take a non compete or relationsclause seriously

An employee needs to take a non compete or relationsclause seriously

Most employment agreements contain a Noncompete or Business relationsclause. Employees would of course prefer to not agree upon such a clause but they want the job, don’t want to annoy their new employer and so they sign. Consequenses A big misunderstanding is the following: […]

When does a bonus have to be paid?

When does a bonus have to be paid?

These days a bonus is almost a standard component of an employee’s terms of employment. It is now viewed in the same light as a pension, compensation for healthcare costs, a mobile phone, a laptop and a car. Holiday pay is, of course, enshrined […]

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Salary criteria 2014 for Highly Skilled Migrants and Holders of the EU Blue Card

The salary criteria for Highly Skilled Migrants and holders of the EU Blue Card will  be adapted as of 1 January 2014.  As of this date the salary requirement must be met every month in stead of over a full year and must be […]