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If you run a business in the Netherlands and inclement weather prevents your employees from working, you can apply for a temporary unemployment benefit for them. This is possible during severe frost, snow, floods, slippery conditions, thaws or high water. It may be the case that you must continue to pay wages for a number of days or that this scheme does not apply to your sector. This information can be found in your collective labour agreement (CAO).
When do you qualify?
- You do everything possible to avoid unnecessary work stoppage.
- Work discontinued due to inclement weather does not fall under your standard business risk.
- Your employee can stop working for 5 hours a week at most. When the employee has an employment contract for fewer than 10 hours, the employee cannot work for half of these hours.
How to apply?
When work stops due to inclement weather, report this to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). Next, you should submit an application to them. Employers in the construction sector are eligible for the unemployment benefit in case of frost regulation.