Godelijn Boonman

Godelijn experienced an international upbringing and education as an expat child living in Africa and England. Back in The Netherlands, she studied law at the University of Utrecht (1990). She then embarked on her legal career as a lawyer by working 10 years for the well-known law firm of ‘Wladimiroff en Spong Advocaten’. In 2000 she joined GMW advocaten as a partner and acts as head of the Labour law and Pension section ever since.

Godelijn specialises in international employment law and has extensive experience in dealing with both non-contentious and contentious international employment matters including (collective) redundancy packages and dismissal. She works for both companies and individual employees, enabling her to keep an open mind to both sides of a case. She of course helps her clients when a problem has arisen, but prefers to act before an escalation has taken place. Advice on a fair Human Resource policy is an essential part of her work.

Godelijn Boonman is considered to be the undoubted employment specialist for the expat community because she is bilingual, has a large international clientele and huge expertise and experience in international employment law matters. Therefore, she is often asked to be the key note speaker at international seminars. She has a keen interest in the international community and has been a member of the advisory board of ACCESS and the Women’s Business Initiative International since its beginning.

More Articles by Godelijn Boonman

Dutch labour law and your contract of employment
Godelijn Boonman

Dutch labour laws regarding your contract of employment in the Netherlands are numerous; here are some expert tips on negotiating your employment contract.The laws covering employment in the Netherlands are many and various. Your personal contract of employment will determine your pay and specific conditions. Dutch employment law covers key areas such as trial periods, Netherlands vacation days, notice and […]

Redeployment after a termination
Godelijn Boonman

In the Netherlands, employers must make an effort to reassign employees before they terminate them. But if you work for a large, multinational corporation, is your employer obligated to find a position for you anywhere in the world?  Dismissal An employer must have reasonable grounds to dismiss an employee. Those grounds can including  reprehensible behaviour, […]

What are your rights if you’re dismissed for the Xpat Journal
Godelijn Boonman

Employment law in the Netherlands offers employees a number of protections against dismissals. Unfortunately, many internationals are unaware of their rights.   Read what you need to know on the Xpat Journal website.