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Introduction to Dutch Labour Law & HR

During the workshop we will cover several sensitive issues in Dutch labour relations –and tips how to act. You will receive information on the employment law framework in The Netherlands, flexibility in contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and employee management about working time, benefits, leave etc. Also we will discuss non-compliant behaviour of employees, labour conflicts and sickness, harassment and ways of terminating employment, via court or government agency UWV.You will receive practical tips for file-building, legal proceedings, termination agreements and staff representation stipulations in Dutch Law. Last but not least we will cover eorganization, takeover and merger: how to conduct them / what are the rules?

Who should attend?

HR-professionals and managers, working for an international company based in the Netherlands

After finishing this introductory course you will have a general understanding of how Dutch Labour Law works and you will have tips and advice on how to act in specific situations.


Workshop / Course fee

The fee for the workshop / course, including a reader and personal intake is € 795,- excl. VAT. In the case your branche-, professional or network organisation has a cooperation agreement with us, you are entitled to a discount.

Dates and location for this workshop / course

Dates see registration form

Location: Utrecht, Vredenburg 40 at Social Impact Factory -within 2 minutes walking distance of Utrecht Central Station




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I Just wanted to send you a quick note on behalf of myself and the Benelux HR team thanking you for both a very informative and participative training session, and really great hospitality this week - the way you also managed to fix the weather for us was quite remarkable.

As discussed, I think the session backed up some areas that we were relatively clear on, but also helped us learn a little more about other aspects that were new to us. I think the team felt more confident having spent the time with you, and although too late now, I do wish we had done the training earlier! 

It would seem that although there are absolutely legal complexities in Holland, myself/the HR team and the management team, have to continue to work on what is 'reasonable' - 'common sense' - 'compromise' etc as well as working really hard to foster the right employee environment which is open and collaborative and transparent. All of this is definitely easier said than done, but if we put the energy in up front, use the processes we have in place (Values, Leadership Behaviours etc) it will be so much more productive than external litigation/internal grievances etc etc. On your website you state:- "Often the strictly legal approach is not at all adequate. In a labour dispute it is just not enough that a file is properly set up, often it is also a matter of good employer attitude, the setting up of improvement paths, encouraging the dialogue, making use of the personal effort, or the image." 

I totally agree and that was very apparent and refreshing in your session - as an HR team, we absolutely need to know the law, but then we absolutely need to know how to translate the law into something that is commercially practical and workable - you had some really good ideas with 2 of the specific issues we are handling today and I will take you up on your offer to discuss this further in the near future as both topics are potentially quite 'big' for us and very 'grey' in the approach of legal versus practical versus employee engagement etc. 

Again, I am also appreciative that you have offered to be a sounding board regarding ad hoc issues! 

We thoroughly enjoyed the 'Hub' - great idea to meet like minded people in such a relaxed yet trendy environment. 

So in summary, thank you again for a great training, hospitality and offer of future assistance. Kind regards.


What is so different about Dutch employment law?

Are you an HR-professional or a manager, working for an international company (also) based in the Netherlands? Then these workshops are for you.

The workshops are the open subscription version of a one day workshop attended by employees of multinational companies operating in the Netherlands, such as Motorola, Applied Materials, Sony, KLM, Shell and Aramco Overseas company. For tailor made or intensification of this subject, you can choose the deep dive course Dutch Labour Law and HR.

Before and during the course participants may send in or bring up current or closed practical cases for discussion purposes. During the course, reference will be made to best practices of relevant other (multinational) companies.

The workshops have been developed by Mr. Drs. Arthur Hol, who also acts as trainer. Arthur is a Partner at the Amsterdam-based law firm De Koning Vergouwen, specializing in Employment Law, is a Partner at ‘Nieuw Organiseren’ and programme director at Governance University. He is a former international HR Manager at Royal Dutch Shell and KLM.  He holds university degrees in both Law and organizational psychology. This background enables Arthur to make this workshop very practical, taking different business angles into account, as well as interactive (prior to the workshop session, participants will be invited to submit cases for discussion purposes). During this workshop / course, insights will be given into the best practices of relevant multinational companies. 


 a short introduction: