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Reintegration obligations

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you employ people in the Netherlands and one of them becomes ill, together you must do all you can to ensure they return to work as quickly as possible in a responsible way. Your employee may return to their original position or another suitable position within your organisation, or even a position with another employer.

Back to work action plan

The Eligibility for Permanent Incapacity Benefit (Restrictions) Act (Wet verbetering poortwachter) obliges you to take a number of steps within a certain period of time. You and your employee have to draw up a plan of action. You have to maintain a reintegration dossier which records all agreements and activities. This dossier also includes for example the plan of action, the reintegration report and correspondence with your working conditions service (arbodienst) or company doctor.

Expert assessment

If your employee’s reintegration programme has ground to a halt or if your working conditions service or reintegration company are no longer able to assist you, you could request an expert assessment from the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV). You will need this expert assessment if you ask a district-court to handle the dismissal of your employee on the grounds of uncooperative behaviour or excessive absence due to the illness.

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