6 FAQ about coronavirus and work, home and business

The media is dominated by so much information about the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) that it’s hard to keep track of what it means in practice. Here are some clear answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus and employment, property and business according to Dutch law.

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Setting up a business in The Netherlands

Foreign companies who want to open a subsidiary company sometimes experience difficulty starting up their business in the Netherlands. The same goes for internationals in the Netherlands who wish to set up their own enterprise. It is not the business itself that presents certain issues, but the unfamiliar rules and regulations. Here are some key points to consider.

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Employee or contractor? Recent changes in the Dutch business climate

For companies who are deciding to establish an office in the Netherlands, the legal form of the business is important. Equally important are the people who are going to work for the company: does the company want to hire employees or contractors? These two are very different.

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The right to privacy in the European Union

What ever happened to privacy? New technologies gather, store and share information as never before. And we ourselves happily take part in the gathering, storing and sharing of information. At the same time, we know how important privacy is to modern life and how endangered privacy has become.

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Start-up permit as of 01-01-2015

As of 01-01-2015 it will be possible to apply for a residence permit to start-up a business which permit will be issued initially for one year.

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European recommendations on bankruptcy and insolvency

A whole raft of changes are being made to bankruptcy law. The European Commission has published recommendations on a new approach to business failure and insolvency. These recommendations were published on the Commission’s website on 12 March 2014.

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Jurisdiction over international consumer purchases

Which court has jurisdiction over disputes when a consumer purchases an item abroad? What does this mean for your rights as a consumer?

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Hyperlink: a copyright infringement?

A hyperlink (or simply a link) contains a hypertext that refers to a website on the Internet. This is usually a text, but an image can also be used as a hyperlink. In recent case law, the question has arisen whether hyperlinks infringe copyright.

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Cookie legislation: have you brought your website into line?

Under the Dutch Telecommunications Act (DTA), several new provisions have been made regarding cookies. Under the new rules, websites are required to ask visitors for their consent before setting a cookie (or other information) on their PC, laptop or mobile phone.

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