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Employers checklist for the Balance Employment Market Act

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On 1 January 2020, the Balance Employment Market Act (Wet Arbeidsmarkt in Balans, WAB) came into force. As an employer, you must take into account the changes this law entails. Read the checklist to find out what the Balance Employment Market Act means for you.

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Permanent contract: low unemployment benefit (WW) contribution, flexible contract: high unemployment benefit contribution

You as an employer pay a low unemployment benefit contribution for employees with permanent contracts. You pay a higher contribution for employees with a flexible contract. You have to pay the correct amount of unemployment benefit contribution.

More information in Dutch is available on the website Rijksoverheid.nl: ‘Vast contract: lage WW-premie, flexibel contract: hoge WW-premie’.

On-call employees: fixed-hours offer after 12 months

You have to offer on-call employees who have been in your employ for 12 months or longer a fixed-hour contract.

Your offer has to meet certain conditions. Find out more on the Rijksoverheid.nl website (in Dutch): ‘Oproepkrachten: aanbod voor vaste uren na 12 maanden’.

Payroll employers: uniform working conditions

If you are a payroll employer, you have to make sure that your payroll employees work under the same working conditions as the other employees in the company they have been seconded to.

Read how to make sure your payroll employees have the same working conditions as other employees on the Rijksoverheid.nl website (in Dutch): ‘Payrollwerkgevers: arbeidsvoorwaarden worden gelijk’.

Payroll employee: same legal position and working conditions

Payroll employees are entitled to at least the same working conditions as employees of the company they are seconded to. Do you hire employees through a temp agency or payroll company? Then, you have to inform that party of the working conditions you uphold for your own employees.

See which information you have to share as a hiring party on the Rijksoverheid.nl website (in Dutch): ‘Payrollmedewerkers: dezelfde rechtspositie en arbeidsvoorwaarden’.

Transition payment from first day of employ

A transition payment is mandatory whenever you terminate or fail to renew a temporary contract. The duration of the employment contract makes no difference.

Find out how the transition payment is calculated on the Rijksoverheid.nl website: ‘Transitievergoeding vanaf de eerste werkdag’.

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