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Transition payment

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you dismiss an employee who has worked for you for 2 years or more or you do not extend their contract, you have to compensate them for expected costs with regard to their finding new employment. The payment can then be used for scholing or outplacement. This is called a transition payment. A transition payment is not obligatory in cases where Severance payment has been agreed.

When do you pay a transition payment?

  • When you dismiss an employee who has been employed for 2 years or longer.
  • When you do not extend the contract of an employee who has been employed for 2 years or longer.
  • An employee resigns following seriously culpable conduct or neglect on your part.
In some cases you do not need to pay a transition paymentExternal link (in Dutch).

Calculation of transition payment

The transition payment is calculated for each period of 6 months your employee has worked for you. The total amount depends on the number of years of their employment:

  • They receive 1/6 of their gross monthly salary for each period of 6 months.
  • If your employee has worked for you for more than 10 years, they will receive 1/4 of their gross monthly salary from the 10th year of employment.
  • If your employee is 50 years of age or olderExternal link (in Dutch) and they have worked for you for more than 10 years, until 2020 they will receive 1/2 of their gross monthly salary for each 6 month period. This only applies if your company has more than 25 employees. This temporary measure applies until 2020.

Changes to transition payments

In the Prinsjesdag 2018 (Budget Day) proposals, fixed and flexible contracts are to be brought in line with one another with regard to transition payments to make it more attractive for employers to offer a fixed contract rather than a flexible one. This is subject to this measure being passed in both Houses of Parliament.

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