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Do you run a business in the Netherlands and does inclement weather prevent your employees from working? You can apply for a temporary unemployment benefit (in Dutch) 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?
To apply for this temporary unemployment benefit a number of conditions apply (in Dutch), among others:
- 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 cannot work for at least 5 hours a week. Does the employee have an employment contract for less than 10 hours a week? Then the employee must be unable to work for half of these hours.
How to apply?
When work stops due to inclement weather, you have to report this to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV, in Dutch). You report this before 10.00 hours each day the work is stopped (in Dutch). Next, you should submit an application to UWV (in Dutch).
Please note: if you intend to make use of this benefit for damages incurred by the Limburg floods (in Dutch), you can apply until (and including) 2 August 2021. UWV will be more flexible in these circumstances which means you may report retroactively.