Netherlands: Recent sexual harassment case law in the wake of #MeToo

This article analyses how Dutch courts have dealt with dismissals for sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement and highlights some of the key points of employers to consider in dealing with a sexual harassment allegation. There has been a lot of public attention on unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace after the emergence of the #MeToo movement in October 2017. Initially, the…

Netherlands: Employers to be compensated for termination

New Dutch rules will entitle employers to be reimbursed for transition payment made on terminating the employment of employees with a long-term illness meaning they cannot work. In the Netherlands, employees are, in principle, entitled to the so-called statutory ‘transition payment’ if their employment agreement of two or more years is terminated or not prolonged at the initiative of the employer. In July 2018, the…

Netherlands: #metoo? #becareful

The recent #metoo revelations have led to more discussion of sexual harassment. Of course, the situation in the workplace is part of this debate, because, unfortunately, unwelcome advances frequently take place there. These matters are often delicate, and a Dutch Court of Appeal ruling in The Hague last April only confirms that dealing with such accusations can be a tricky business. The central question in this…

Netherlands: New employment law regulations in 2017

Also the Netherlands have implemented or are planning to implement certain new employment law regulations in 2017. As part of our series „New regulations in 2017“ our text below gives an overview on the most important changes with regards to flexible working time, data protection and many other topics. Flexible working Act: This Act allows employees greater flexibility in relation to working hours and working from…