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Employment contracts

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Does Dutch employment law apply to me?

What is a CAO (collective labour agreement)?

How do I know that my contract is in accordance with Dutch law?

Which information is usually included in an employment contract?

Any employment contract should include:

  • Name and address of employer and employee and where you will be working
  • Job title and job description
  • Start/end dates. Contracts can be of fixed length (will include start and end dates) or indeterminate length (contract end with notice)
  • Trial period – proeftijd (if any). If the contract is for more than six months but less than two years, the trial period is generally one month (unless agreed otherwise in the CAO). The maximum is two months
  • Number of hours of work
  • Overtime expectations
  • Salary and compensation
  • Holiday leave
  • Pension contributions
  • Social security contributions
  • Coverage of additional expenses (e.g. public transport)
  • Notice for termination for both you and your employer

It is important to carefully check all the conditions of your employment contract before signing.

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