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Advice on Dutch employment law

In theory, you can independently determine which country’s employment law you follow. However, mandatory provisions such as those concerning termination of employment, incapacity for work and working hours apply pursuant to employment law as imposed in the country where the employee works.

Employing staff in the Netherlands

Are you considering employing permanent or temporary staff in the Netherlands? Than make sure you are well informed on the obligations you should fulfil.

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Many companies do not have an in-house legal specialist, who is familiar with Dutch employment law. However, advice about employment law in the Netherlands is necessary for many human resource matters. Particularly in respect of cross-border work and foreign employment law, you may have practical questions that cannot be answered internally.

What’s more, employment law and dismissal law are of a mandatory nature in the Netherlands, as in most neighbouring countries. This means that you will have to know exactly which rules apply.

Just to give you some examples:

  • A probationary period is forbidden for employment contracts with a duration of 6 months or less
  • In the case of an employment contract with a duration of more than six months and less than two years, a maximum probationary period of one month applies in the Netherlands
  • In the case of a fixed-term employment contract with a duration of more than two years, a maximum probationary period of two months applies in the Netherlands
  • It is not permitted to include a non-competition clause or non-solicitation clause in fixed-term employment contracts in the Netherlands, unless the employer has an urgent business interest and includes a written substantiation of this in the employment contract.

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Due to these mandatory provisions and local differences, it is not easy for foreign employers to get everything right first time when they recruit an employee in the Netherlands. It is crucial to make the correct decisions every step of the way regarding your employee’s employment.

In order to prevent concerns and ambiguity for yourself and your employees, please contact Interfisc Consult for any questions concerning Dutch employment law.


  • Preparing an employment contract and other legal documents including leave regulations, car scheme, personnel manual, and work regulations
  • Assisting in dismissal procedures
  • Performing a business analysis, making sure that you are aware of the collective schemes that apply to your company
  • Preparing/requesting various documents and statements for expats

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