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If you run a business in the Netherlands and you have not enough work for your staff due to exceptional circumstances, such as fire, flooding or a trade boycott you can apply for a short-time working (werktijdverkorting, WTV) permit. This permit enables you to apply for temporary unemployment benefit for your employees. The workers concerned will still be employed by your company. A WTV permit is granted for a maximum of 6 weeks. It may be extended a maximum of 4 times if a return to normal operating conditions is expected.
When do you qualify?
You can apply for a WTV permit if:
- you expect to have at least 20% less work for your staff for at least 2 but no more than 24 weeks
- the reduction in the volume of work is due to exceptional circumstances, such as fire, flood or a trade boycott.
How to apply?
Submit your application for a WTV permit to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW). If the permit is granted, you can apply for temporary unemployment benefit to the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV).