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Unemployment benefit during short-time working

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Please note: As per 17 March 2020 it is no longer possible to apply for an unemployment benefit for short-time working (Werktijdverkorting, wtv) permit.

The wtv scheme has been withdrawn. Employers with a loss of turnover due to the corona virus can apply for the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW) instead of a wtv permit. You will receive a substantial allowance with which you can continue to pay employees with a fixed and a flexible contract.

Why can't I apply for a wtv permit anymore?

The Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW) has come into force due to an unprecedented number of applications for wtv permits. The wtv scheme is not tailored to the profound effects of the corona virus outbreak on Dutch companies and organisations. That is why the wtv scheme has been withdrawn. The government wants to support more employers and do this more quickly. This is feasible with the NOW.

I have applied for wtv via SZW, but I have not yet received an answer

If you had already applied for the unemployment benefit for short-time working permit, your application will automatically be considered as an application for the NOW. You will be notified about this. Also, additional information will be requested from you.

Until when is my current wtv permit effectual?

If you have already been granted a wtv permit, this permit will remain in force.

What do I do if I want to extend my current wtv permit?

If you already have a wtv permit and want to extend it afterwards, you must apply for the NOW.

Can I apply for a wtv permit in case of loss of turnover due to causes other than the corona virus?

No, the wtv scheme has been withdrawn. If you have a fall in revenue due to causes other than the outbreak of the coronavirus, you can only apply for the NOW.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO